I have the same problem. I seem to have been downgraded to a regular without my consent.
(Just kidding, Poppy! Please don't kill me.)
As for the WWG-it'd be nice to see recommendation that focused on practical help instead of ideological nose-in-the-air nonsense. Whatever reasons you believe lead to someone needing to apply for financial support, it seems inherently contradictory to demand that other people "take personal responsibility" for their situation. Personal responsibility is not something that can be enforced by an external agency-that's rather the point of the "personal" bit.
(I won't even begin to go into the problems with the idea that people choose to be poor, which is what underlies this whole debate.)
Devonport, New Zealand •
Since Nov 2006 •
250 jobs will now disappear from the Greymouth area. It will be of great comfort to the people of the region that they can count on the support and solidarity of their country should these jobs not be replaced inside of five years.
“Long-term benefit dependency for the able-bodied is very destructive at every level: it destroys initiative and drive, cripples the future opportunities of children, encourages family breakdown, fuels intergenerational dependency and the growth of the underclass, and is an enormous cost burden on society that the country cannot afford.”
(From) On-line submission on the Welfare Working Group Issues Paper
So that just about sums it up does it? A paragraph of unsubstantiated destruction.
The killer is it came from "an online submission". Unidentified, unreferenced, no context.
Is that truly the best they could find to put in the Exec summary??
Is that dobbing in people on the DPB for having overnight visitors? Because I thought we tried that in the 1990s. FFS, do we not pander enough to our whining minority of meanspirited little weasel busybodies already?
(Yes, the rage, it continues unabated.)
Charo World. Cuchi-cuchi!… •
Since Nov 2006 •
There will be a range of circumstances in which women may fall pregnant while on a benefit. While a clear signal that this is not a desirable choice may be required, approaches to address this issue need to carefully consider the potential adverse impacts on children in these families.
.... I wonder what the other circumstances are? I was sure there was only one way....
Re getting bunned in the oven while on a benefit.........looks like there might be approaches but with consideration. Anyone got any guesses how that might be achieved? Anecdotes abound.
And Danielle. Just for you on page 53:
We have heard examples of people changing their living arrangements in response to financial penalties.
The Welfare Working Group understands that this is outside of their Terms of Reference. However, it is highly undesirable to have benefit support influencing family formation. The Welfare Working Group thinks that the Government needs to consider this in the future.