The woman who complains that she was “only” $40 better off in work shows the scale of entitleitis in New Zealand.
There is no “only” about $40 a week. That’s $160 a month and $2080 a year.
But the whole pay packet is worth more to her and to society than the money.
It’s money she earns and families whose income comes from work do better than those dependent on benefits.
But it’s not just she and her family who are better off.
When she’s earning money she is no longer taking money from the public purse.
Instead of complaining she’s “only” $40 better off she should be grateful she no longer needs what ought to be temporary assistance; that she’s got the ability to help herself and her family; and that she has a job with the non-monetary benefits that come with that, not least of which is independence.