When welfare was first introduced it was to cover necessities for people in real need.
A couple of academics want a change in the rules for the unemployment benefit so an individual could receive it even if his/her partner was working.
People tend to live up to their incomes so the loss of a job will strain family budgets, but should the taxpayer be expected to help people sustain a lifestyle?
I think the answer lies in the quote from Jenny Shipley’s valedictory speech from Monday’s Quiz:
“In my view the welfare state was not conceived for the middle class and yet it is increasingly captured by them.”