英国最勤奋爸爸带领全家寻找新生活

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英国一家14口拒绝申领救济金,举家迁往澳大利亚,只为寻找心目中的美好生活。

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英国最勤奋爸爸带领全家寻找新生活


英国一家14口拒绝申领救济金,举家迁往澳大利亚,只为寻找心目中的美好生活。

A family of 14 who refused to claim benefits has turned its back on Britain and flown to Australia in search of a brighter future.

大卫与妻子杰基虽然有7个女儿和5个儿子,却从来没向政府伸手要过1分钱。

David and Jackie Jones, who have seven girls and five boys, have never claimed a penny in state hand-outs.

42岁的大卫每天要上12个小时的夜班,这样才能赚足够的钱养活一家人,同时他还要确保有时间陪孩子们。

Instead, Mr Jones, 42, worked a 12-hour night shift to earn enough money to support his family and ensure he had time to spend with his children.

大卫在造纸厂一年挣38,000英镑,另有5,000英镑的加班费与奖金。一家人享受儿童退税和每月617英镑的儿童补贴。

Mr Jones's shifts at the paper mill brought in about £38,000 a year, with a further £5,000 in overtime and bonuses. The family also received child tax credits and child benefit of £617 a month.

他的头一份工作是上学时在父母开的酒馆里打工,后来他还在船厂干过,也卖过保险。

His first job was at his parents' pub when he was at school and he also worked in shipyard as well as selling insurance.

大卫的几个大孩子已经开始工作,他们可以负担起自己买衣服的费用。

The oldest children also had jobs so they could pay for their own clothes.

大卫的故事在2010年成为头条新闻,即便生活拮据,他也坚持不靠救济生活。

Mr Jones hit the headlines in 2010 for refusing to live on benefits despite the financial strain of providing for so many children.

住在坎布里亚郡的他宁愿选择去金佰利造纸厂上12小时的夜班来贴补家用。

The 42-year-old, from Barrow, Cumbria, chose instead to make up the extra money by working gruelling 12-hour night shifts in paper mill Kimberly-Clark.

现在他已经辞掉干了15年的工作,全家来到澳大利亚的布里斯班开始全新的生活。

He has now given up his job of 15 years and recently the family touched down in Brisbane to start their new life.

大卫说:“为了孩子们,我要做到最好。而我觉得现在孩子们能有的机会并不在英国。所以,我们全家坐在一起谈了这件事,看看有谁愿意留下谁愿意出国。 结果全家竟一致表示愿意走。”

Mr Jones said: “I have got to do the best for my kids and I feel like the way the UK is at the moment that the opportunities I want for my children are not going to be there. So initially we all sat down together as a family and told them what we were thinking and asked who wanted to move and who didn't. But they all wanted to, it was unanimous.”

怀着对澳洲美好生活的向往,上周六大卫夫妇带着他们的12个孩子举家飞往澳洲, 孩子中最大的18岁,最小的只有4个月。

Believing Australia would provide a better future, he made the long haul flight with Jackie, 43, and their children aged from four months to 18 on Saturday.

登机前,大卫说:“这样的出行难不倒我们。之前5年,我们去过马略卡岛,我们刚刚搭乘欧洲之星高铁从迪斯尼回来。一切都很顺利,这些经历今后会对我们有帮助。”

Speaking shortly before the flight, Dave said: “The journey doesn't really faze us, to be honest. We have been to Majorca for the last five years and we have just got back from Euro Disney on the Eurostar. It all went smoothly, so we will call those practice runs.”

在大卫找到工作和房子之前,他们一家人将先与朋友住在一起。

The family will initially stay with friends in Brisbane until Dave can find work and a house big enough for their brood.

大卫说,“我已经告诉家里的每个人,不想看到谁掉眼泪,因为我们很幸福。 没有不好的事发生,也没人离开。投入新生活,迎接新机会,我们很快乐。”

Dave said: “What I have said to everyone is that I don't want any tears because this is a happy time. It's not a bereavement and no-one's died and nothing bad has happened. It is a happy time because it is a new life and a new opportunity for all of us.”

赵怡琳 本文来源:网易教育论坛 责任编辑:王晓易_NE0011
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