The welfare state is unsustainable economically, socially and morally.
Monday, April 07, 2014
Overseas trips defended with spurious claim
Teresa Homan writes (Letters, April 7) the Minister for Social
Development can't seriously expect us to believe that a sole parent
beneficiary can save for an overseas trip on a benefit of "$299.45
a week." Except no sole parent receives that amount. There is a
further payment for each child, and usually a rental subsidy or
accommodation supplement. Late last year, according to the Beehive,
"An average sole parent with two children under thirteen, living
in South Auckland would receive around $642 on benefit, including
accommodation supplement and a minimal extra allowance for costs."
More than twice the figure Homan quotes.
And if some beneficiaries "are lucky enough to have a family
member pay for their trip" perhaps the family could be doing
more to assist with food, power and rent instead of leaving it to
the faceless collective. There are plenty of taxpayers supporting
the benefit system who can't afford passports, let alone an overseas
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.