Either the government will just not pay out any welfare and will pay all bills directly and have a grocery account.
The government will lower the amount of money people on centerlink get so the ones who dont scrimp and save and do use the money they get for "approved" luxuries will have even less money to cover the same amount of bills they see as necessity.
The government and society will start thinking people on welfare shouldnt be at least comfortable, not rolling in cash but so broke you have a choice between wiping your butt or eating noodles.
Not everyone is this good with money or budgeting. You would punish a whole group of people for.. not wasting money? For not using it on "essential" items as deemed by the general population.
It makes no sense. At all. Because person a on centerlink decides to spend their money on the internet then person b has to as well or they're getting too much money?
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Tax evasion costs the government more each year than it does to pay eveyone on newstart (who's recipients are accused of being cheats more than any other benefit) yet you don't seem to hear people complain about how people are sending that money.
I get what you're saying though about some people being good budgeters and some being terrible budgeters. And how do you stop luxury spending with welfare money while not leaving the bad budgeters broke. I'm not sure what the answer is. Perhaps the US has it partly right. Food stamps could be expanded to rent and utility stamps. You don't get flat rates regardless of your expenses, you get payments tied to expenses. And if you don't spend the cap, you don't get to pocket the extra. Sure this probably needs more thought.
I think people are forgetting that with welfare you are receiving someone else's hard earned dollars. It's a privilege not a god given right. You should only be given the amount you need to feed, clothe and house your family. Welfare is other peoples money and shouldn't be the mechanism by which people pay for luxuries such as overseas trips and house deposits. Being good with money is an admirable quality. In response to the OP I think in some cases people on welfare can get ahead, do I think they should be able to, to the extent of house deposits, overseas holidays and new cars? No.
Are you on income support benefits?
If not you probably will never have the empathy or insight to understand the struggles and difficulties, and that as a patent your child shouldn't have to miss out just because you are divorced etc
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