Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

1/10/2013 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Woman provides food for thought and an idea for reforming disability program.

Not everybody who can be on benefits is on them. Some people have too much pride and too strong a work ethic to live on the dole. Nina Friday is one such person. She works five jobs and still makes less money than on disability. She will not have it any other way.

Nina Friday works as a cleaning lady rather than accept government handouts.

Nina Friday works as a cleaning lady rather than accept government handouts.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

1/10/2013 (1 year ago)

Published in Living Faith

Keywords: Nina Friday, disability, benefits, work


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Daily Mail is sharing the story of a UK woman who works five jobs yet earns less than she would make just sitting about on disability. Still, she chooses to work.

Nina Friday, 45, is beset by rheumatoid arthritis, as condition she was first diagnosed with when she was 16. The painful affliction entitles her to disability benefits in the UK, however she has refused them. Instead of taking the money and adding to the 3.2 million people in the UK on disability, she works no less than five jobs, six days a week.

Friday could earn 300 more if she sat at home all week, but she chooses to work. She spends her time working as a cleaning lady, a school midday supervisor, a care worker at a nursing home, and a caretaker at a second school. She also runs a website.

Her work is made challenging by her painful condition. Despite the suffering however, she continues to work telling the Daily mail that she'd rather work than be bored at home. She also said, "There are hundreds of people like me who would be happy to work but don't because they'd be worse off."

All this work, according to the Daily Mail costs her 3,600 per year in income than if she accepted disability.

While Friday illustrates outstanding moral character and fortitude, not to mention the most admirable of work ethics, she also demonstrates that there is need for change in the UK system, as well as systems in the United States.

People should be incentivized to work, even when they are disabled. Excepting those who genuinely cannot work and would suffer too greatly without benefits, those who qualify should be given the opportunity to do what work they can without exacerbating their injury. Those who choose to work could then have any discrepancy between pay and benefits made up by disability payments.

This would be less expensive, and more uplifting than paying out full benefits to someone who would prefer to work but is dissuaded because they would have less money to pay expenses. This is because of the obvious fact that some, if not most, of their income would come from employment.

In fact, the savings might be so great that an incentive payment could even be awarded to those who choose to work, and the disability program would still be better off financially than if they paid workers to remain unemployed.

In a time of fiscal austerity both in the U.S. and UK, such a plan might make sense if it could be implemented. However, finding the political courage to propose and implement such a plan is another matter.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for July 2014
Sports:
That sports may always be occasions of human fraternity and growth.
Lay Missionaries: That the Holy Spirit may support the work of the laity who proclaim the Gospel in the poorest countries.



Comments


More Living Faith

Why do Catholics love the crucifix so much?

Image of The crucifix is an important part of our Catholic identity.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The crucifix is a quintessentially Catholic icon. Although other Christians fondly and proudly display the cross, it is the crucifix that is largely unique to the Catholics. Why is the symbol of the death of Christ so important to Catholics? LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic ... continue reading


What is the Kingdom of God? How do We Live in it Now? Watch

Image of

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

In Jesus Christ, the Kingdom has been inaugurated. We are members of the Body of Christ which makes it present as seed and sign in a world which is in labor, awaiting a new birth. We are a people on mission in that world, waiting to be fully liberated from the ... continue reading


Nuclear weapons still threaten the world

Image of Nuclear weapons still threaten the world.

By Tony Magliano

You are within 30 minutes of being incinerated from nuclear weapons! If you live in or near a large U.S. city or major military installation, you are in harm's way. And when considering that radiation fallout from a nuclear attack would hurt virtually everyone, we are ... continue reading


POPE: 'A man who is alone ends up bitter, not fruitful, and he gossips about others' Watch

Image of The pope told the priests that

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

"A man who is alone ends up bitter, not fruitful, and he gossips about others." Those are the words of the Pope, speaking out during a meeting with 123 priests working in the Diocese of Caserta along with 19 bishops from Italy's Campania region this past ... continue reading


UPROOTED: Largest displacement of worldwide religious communities reached last year Watch

Image of In the nation of Central African Republic, widespread lawlessness and violence between Christians and Muslims resulted in at least 700 deaths in Bangui in December -- alone.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The year of 2013 turned out to be a very grim year indeed for religious tolerance and diversity. Millions of Christians, Muslims, Hindus, and others representing a range of faiths were forced from their homes on account of their religious beliefs. LOS ANGELES, ... continue reading


Papal visit to US not confirmed, but archbishop confident

Image of Pope Francis coming to Philly next September!

By Catholic News Agency (News Consortium)

Lets all Pray that Pope Francis comes to visit us here in the United States of America. Philadelphia, PA  (CNA/EWTN) - Reports that Pope Francis will travel to the U.S. for the World Meeting of Families in 2015 remain unconfirmed by the Vatican; however, ... continue reading


Catholic should be a way of life, not just a Sunday thing

Image of Catholic means universal. It's time to apply that to how we live.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

To know the way forward, we must look to the past. As the very first chapter Ecclesiastes tells us, "there is no new thing under the sun," meaning that everything we think of as new is actually old and whatever we can imagine has been imagined, and even tried by those ... continue reading


Let the Holy Spirit Teach us How to Become Prayer Watch

Image of St. Paul wrote to the early Christians in Greece, telling them to pray without ceasing. (1 Th. 5:16-19) They did not live lives of ease, in any sense of the word. They had families, occupations, bills, and yes, difficulties and struggles beyond what many of us could imagine. They also suffered greatly for their faith. Yet, he instructed them to Pray without ceasing. Did he really mean it? I believe that he did.

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

When the Spirit dwells in a person, from the moment in which that person has become prayer, he never leaves him. For the Spirit himself never ceases to pray in him. Whether the person is asleep or awake, prayer never from then on departs from his soul. Whether he ... continue reading


Pope Francis meets, blesses Sudanese woman condemned to death for faith Watch

Image of Meriam Ibrahim was sentenced to death for apostasy, but has since escaped her sentence and left Sudan.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Pope Francis has met and blessed the Sudanese woman who was recently condemned to death for her faith. Meriam Ibrahim was condemned to death in Sudan for the crime of apostasy. VATICAN CITY (Catholic Online) - Pope Francis has met and blessed Meriam Ibrahim at the ... continue reading


MIRACLE IN ENGLAND: God's face smiles over Norfolk, or is it Sean Connery or Karl Marx? Watch

Image of This image is suspected to show the face of God in clouds over Norfolk, however, it may also be the face of Karl Marx or Sean Connery.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The English have long thought themselves special, and a new photograph from Norfolk in England may just prove that God does indeed smile on the English. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Amateur photographer Jeremy Fletcher took an image that shows a face in ... continue reading


All Living Faith News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Jeremiah 26:1-9
1 At the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim son of ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 69:6, 8-10, 14
6 Those who hope in you must not be made fools of, ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 13:54-58
54 and, coming to his home town, he taught the people ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for August 1st, 2014 Image

St. Alphonsus Marie Liguori
August 1: Bishop, Doctor of the Church, and the founder of the ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter