The welfare state is unsustainable economically, socially and morally.
Wednesday, February 03, 2016
Inter generational benefit receipt
These pie graphs show the percentage of beneficiaries aged 16-17 who had a parent(s) who were also on welfare.
For instance 56% of Maori beneficiaries aged 16-17 had been reliant on their parent's benefit for more than 80 percent of their teenage years.
For the large majority of all clients they had a parent who had spent time receiving welfare.
Conversely only 7% had no match to parental receipt.
I suppose the left would call this the transmission of disadvantage. It is also the transmission of values and expectations.
(Caution: I expect that in among this group will be young people with physical and intellectual disabilities whose parent has been receiving a benefit to provide care for them. These young people make up 23% of the total.)
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.