A large group of social agencies and welfare advocates is calling for the government to increase benefits before Christmas.
There is no doubting the difficulties facing beneficiary families.
But that doesn’t change the fact that every dollar the government is spending is borrowed money that has to be repaid.
The signatories of the open letter to the government don’t seem to understand they are asking us all to pay more in repayments and interest to pay more in benefits.
They also ignore the growing disincentive to work when income from a benefit gets closer to income from wages.
And they are seeking a band aid without offering any treatment for the underlying causes of the multiple problems which face many who depend on benefits.
The last National government made a good start in addressing these with its social investment programme, but much of that good work was abandoned or undone in the last three years.
If these groups really want to help the people for whom they’re advocating, they need to understand the solution to their problems is not as simple as more money.