They meanwhile get fed toast for dinner most nights because its all my mother can handle making...
Makes me so mad.
THESE are the kind of people I think should have shopping freakin delivered to their door, and doc their weekly allowance for it.
At least the I could sleep easy knowing my niece and nephews were getting fed.
Absolutely in instances that the person on benefits has proven on more than one occasion that they are spending the governments money on illegal things or in a neglectful way.
No. If I had all my money put into a basics card, I wouldn't be able to save like I currently am. We are not eligible for much FTB but because I am not working, that's my allowance to do with what I want. I was able to save up enough to buy myself a car outright.
Luna Lovegood (12-04-2012)
No. Definitely not.
I am sure that the majority of people in receipt of benefits make the most of the money they receive and are in a much better position to determine their priorities each fortnight, whether that be food, bills, luxuries etc. It would be dreadful if the government took control of people's lives.
i think only if a person requested it....otherwise no.
Ugh imagine the time and resources and money it would take for the government to control where people's benefits go. I'd prefer they gave the money to something more practical like better paid social workers, more government funding in that area, more times spent in education. I'm pretty capable of budgeting so I'd prefer the government to put there's money where it's needed.
I would only support income management on a case-by-case basis if there is evidence the person cannot manage their own money, to their detriment.
For example, my brother is on DSP due to mental illness (schizophrenia and bipolar). If his pension when directly into his bank account, he would spend the whole amount on drugs, alcohol, cigarettes and rubbish. he would not pay his rent, and be homeless and malnourished. the public trustee are his financial administrators, and pay his bills and hand out cash to him in small amounts. my dad gives him a bit of extra money by way of a supermarket card which cannot be used for alcohol.
I vehemently oppose any generalised policy of people on welfare having the money paid in kind, by store cards etc.
If the individual required it, sure.
I don't think it teaches the necessary money management skills.
I'd rather see payments cut and children's necessities supplied by the government. For ALL children.
For a start, breakfast and lunches supplied in school, this ensures kids are getting at least two healthy, nutritious meals a day.
Poor diet isn't exclusively the lowest income level families issue, I know plenty of wealthy kids who have Maccas breakfast and a crap lunch every day.
Good meals ensure kids are able to learn better. Better educated kids = brighter future for Australia.
Fees, books, uniforms supplied...
There is no way anyone can suggest we let kids go without these things because their parents can't/won't provide them.
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