The welfare state is unsustainable economically, socially and morally.
Thursday, May 04, 2006
You might be paying your nextdoor neighbour's mortgage
Nearly a quarter million NZers receive an accommodation supplement averaging $62. This is used to pay rent or a mortgage. I don't have current data for how many use it to pay a mortgage but through the nineties and early 2000's the figure was consistently around 40,000.
If these people can't afford their mortgage repayments shouldn't they reduce them and extend the payback period? Is it fair that the taxpayer tops-up their equity while struggling with his own mortgage?
Lindsay Mitchell has been researching and commenting on welfare since 2001. Many of her articles have been published in mainstream media and she has appeared on radio,tv and before select committees discussing issues relating to welfare. Lindsay is also an artist who works under commission and exhibits at Wellington, New Zealand, galleries.