Life on a ben­e­fit

The Dominion Post - - Opinion -

Gra­ham Dick (Dec 5) has strong opin­ions for some­one who is clearly ill-in­formed about the ben­e­fit sys­tem. The un­em­ploy­ment ben­e­fit was re­placed by Job­seeker Sup­port in the 2013 wel­fare re­forms.

He also spec­u­lates that ‘‘per­haps the ben­e­fit is too high and other ben­e­fits pro­vide a ba­sic life­style with­out work­ing’’.

For the record, Job­seeker Sup­port is $212.45 per week for sin­gle adults over 25, or $177.03 for those mar­ried or un­der 25. Hardly a life­style choice. Any ex­tra sup­ple­men­tary ben­e­fits he al­ludes to are only for ex­tra health or ac­com­mo­da­tion costs, all avail­able to low in­come wage earn­ers.

NOEL EL­LIS Ben­e­fit Rights Ad­vo­cate, Mt Cook

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