Prac­ti­cal help

Whanganui Chronicle - - Opinion -

On Tues­day the Chron­i­cle made an emo­tional plea on be­half of a mum and six kids des­per­ately search­ing for a home — “they may have to live in a car, which is cur­rently not go­ing”.

For some rea­son this fam­ily must have four bed­rooms or more, and Ray White say “there is noth­ing avail­able in her bud­get at a rent she can af­ford”.

This is sad.

By my cal­cu­la­tion, this mother is el­i­gi­ble for a solo par­ent ben­e­fit, an ac­com­mo­da­tion sup­ple­ment, four child dis­abil­ity al­lowances, a com­mu­nity ser­vices card giv­ing her ac­cess to dis­counts; and the heat­ing sup­ple­ment in win­ter, with no doubt fur­ther help avail­able in the com­mu­nity.

Why do they need four or more bed­rooms? I my­self am the eldest of seven chil­dren who grew up in a two-bed­room house.

My sib­lings are all high achiev­ers. We did not suf­fer, phys­i­cally, men­tally or emo­tion­ally be­cause we had to share. I sug­gest we learned valu­able life lessons.

A mea­sure of com­mon sense is called for here — less emo­tion and more prac­ti­cal help and ad­vice. JEAN McDAVITT

Wan­ganui

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