MikeB4: You are assuming that those on Welfare are doing it by choice, a mistake a lot of people make.
It makes economic sense in many cases to be on welfare. Less sense to work.
For interests sake I went online to check if I could get a payout, I filled in the form based as follows:
- Single Mum (Not working)
- 2 Kids, 1 under 5, 1 under 13
- Currently renting
Turns out I can get
- A weekly payment which helps me with one or more dependent children.
- A weekly payment which helps people with their rent, board or the cost of owning a home.
- A weekly payment which helps someone who can''t meet their essential living costs from what they earn or from other sources.
Why on earth should the single mum in the above example go and find work?That will be silly!
Childcare alone is expensive in NZ, and a minimum wage will probably not even pay for that. I disagree with your statement that many people are not doing it by choice. Its not just a choice, its a good choice to make.
It amazes me sometimes when I dont go into work, and the amount of families I see here spending time together in parks etc during work hours. Where are they getting the money if they not working?, plus it always seems to be the same crowd of people. Not badly dressed, no shortage of food (obvious reasons). Its the same bunch that normally ignore the no smoking policy in parks etc.. Good life, and much better than some of us that are actually trying to make an honest living - working!