Blah living on newstart with a child wouldn't work. I was made redundant after I fell pregnant and hadn't found any other employers who want to employ a 6month pregnant woman. With newstart and my partner working.. We cover rent, groceries and necessity bills but nothing is left over. Having another mouth to feed aswell? I don't see it happening. But saying that, I don't personally plan on being a stay at home mum for that long. I want a part time job or to study after a year or two.
I think yes they could encourage part time work or training, but put them on newstart with a child to feed? Thats wrong. I could see many families being kicked out of their homes. Why don't they just make them do the job search requirements or to volunteer while on the same pay? The amount they earn before their payments get affected should be increased aswel.
And remember when your working (either for the doll or wage) your fuel/transport goes up, so does your phone bill and groceries and then there's child care. Laundry items. New work clothes/shoes.
An there's always a shortage of work and training. You really think most people would prefer to barely live day by day or to work and actually have money to buy nice things or save for houses/holidays? It's a lack of work and training which is the problem. These days there is 100 applicants for the 1 job.