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    Default Should the government monitor how people spend their benefits?

    As per the title (and other thread)?

    Should food vouchers or basics cards be given out to people on benefits so the government can make sure they spending the money appropriately?

    How can the government rule who should get vouchers or a basics card and who can spend their benefits as they desire? What would be the criteria? Or should it just be a blanket rule? And then which benefits will be monitored, and which will just be cash?

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    Not if I am not neglecting my children or myself :/

    If I budget right why shouldn't I be entitled to a 'luxury' now and then

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    I can only speak for myself but it wouldn't bother me if I got aid an try said they would be paying the rent, te bills and gave me a card to use on food then gave te left overs just means its less bills I have to worry about. I would just be happy to be getting help when I needed it.

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    No as most people on welfare shop around at different shops to get the cheapest of each item. We relied on welfare for a couple of years and I'm the best budgeter now because of it. Most people do the right thing so therefor shouldn't get treated like they are a second class citizen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lovemyfam View Post
    I can only speak for myself but it wouldn't bother me if I got aid an try said they would be paying the rent, te bills and gave me a card to use on food then gave te left overs just means its less bills I have to worry about. I would just be happy to be getting help when I needed it.
    I would HATE it, why? Because what I pay for fruit and veg currently would get me 2 maybe 3 days worth of food at the bigger supermarkets where as I currently get 2-3 weeks worth.

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    Only in the circumstances I outlined in the other thread - if there was a proven inability to support their children by their own budgeting means or in the case of people suffering from such debilitating mental illnesses or disabilities they they are particularly vulnerable or incapable.

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    Id love for my mum to be made to have a basic type card thingy. She is schizophrenic and an alcoholic...every week my family are there on her doorstep manipulating her into handing over her cash to them. She gives in because they get nasty and then she has to borrow money to live.

    If she had one of these cards, she would only be able to buy food and they wouldnt be able to get cash off her.

    So I support it in some circumstances, namely those that Artful had said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GothChick View Post
    Id love for my mum to be made to have a basic type card thingy. She is schizophrenic and an alcoholic...every week my family are there on her doorstep manipulating her into handing over her cash to them. She gives in because they get nasty and then she has to borrow money to live.

    If she had one of these cards, she would only be able to buy food and they wouldnt be able to get cash off her.

    So I support it in some circumstances, namely those that Artful had said.
    That's sad. I'm pretty sure you can apply for them if you want. Or she could get her bills centrepayed before her money comes in.

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    Oh for sure - the government should just insert chips into everyone at birth and be able to monitor their every move including what they earn, what they spend it on, who they sleep with and how many kids they have!
    And if they don't conform to the norm the chip would emit a little electric shock

    Computer chips would be sooooooooooo much easier than a little card that could be lost, stolen or sold.
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