Lindsay Mitchell has been researching and commenting on welfare since 2001. Many of her articles have been published in mainstream media and she has appeared on radio, tv and before select committees discussing issues relating to welfare. Lindsay is also an artist who works under commission and exhibits at Wellington, New Zealand, galleries.

Here is a mother on a Sole Parent Support benefit. She has four children and debt to MSD of nearly $10,000. She repays $46 out of the basic benefit of $386 each week and says, 

“It’s a big difference ’cause we need that money. It’s not enough, even the benefits not enough. If they cannot do anything then we’re going to need a new Government that cares.” 

Put aside that on top of the basic weekly rate of $386.78 she’ll receive:

South Auckland accommodation Supplement = $305 max

Family tax credits for four children = $386.79

That’s $1,078.57

And putting aside that there are many other top-ups including for non-repayable grants rent, food, etc…

Where is the father or fathers of her four children?

Why has she no sense of personal agency?

Where did she learn the mindset of entitlement?

What are her four children learning from her?

And why do idiot journalists frame her situation (and thousands of others) as being put into debt by the government because they don’t earn enough on their benefit? (You’ll have to watch the newsclip for that additional contortion of the facts).

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