Something is broken with the current system.
I just wanted to quietly say that I really think we need to invest in the mother (be it single or partnered) staying home for at least the first 2 years if that means giving financial assistance then so be it. It would do well to increase our breastfeeding rates which would improve the financial demand on our hospitals etc. Once the youngest child reaches school age I do think the SAHP should return to work BUT we need to sort out things like work hours, CC, yadda yadda for some at the moment it is nearly impossible. I know some mining towns are hiring SAHM during school hours to cover workers breaks, it's an awesome scheme which serves both the company and the parents that want school hour jobs. I just wish there were more of them around.
I think adding $50 a week to increase the dole is in line with the costs of living at the moment, for sure. We have struggled when hubby was made redundant a few years ago we were on newstart and PPP (included FTB and rent assistance) it was a nightmare we had to consolidate our debt to survive (a part 9 debt agreement which has killed my credit rating)- to be able to buy food and pay rent and to cover energy bills. I also think that if people cut down on buying things in credit it would make things easier should hard times hit, learnt this the hard way myself.
I have had to rely on welfare in the states a few times to get back on my feet. It was what it was although the programs they have over there are much stricter and I think serve the people better you simply just cant sit on welfare anymore and it has helped a lot of my friends get back to work and get off welfare all together never to look back. You also can only get it for 4 years max your whole life which really makes people think before hopping on it. This is where people will bash America but hey their systems do work for a lot of people that want them to work. If they had the amount of jobs we have here it would be working a lot better, but where one cant find a job they create one for them to work for the payments, which then relieves money the government would have to pay to have another person work it so its pretty helpful.
So is there a reason that parents cant get a degree in the 6-8 years that they are allowed to stay home? I understand that every parent prob wants to stay home and raise the kids but when life happens it cant always happen if you find that one parents income cant hold the family up you may have to go to work if you find yourself single you may have to go to work. Life doesn't always go the way we want but that doesn't mean we attack the government for not providing enough they do what they can do. I do think CC needs a rework but they are working on that.
Last edited by Lovemyfam; 30-11-2012 at 19:06.
Why is there an assumption that wanting increase in some welfare payments means that we are ungrateful for the welfare system we have? I happen to think our nationalised medicare system is frikkin' fantastic but I can still think that it is woefully underfunded in many areas.
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