I’m doing my best, but Work and Income’s support is practically non-existent
OPINION: I’ve been having trouble with Work and Income most my life.
I really hoped I never had to be in the position where I depend on the Government and peoples taxes to barely help me survive, but alas I must have sent more than 1000 job applications over the years and only heard back from one or two. Most others give me that “awesome, unfortunately…” message or no reply at all.
I’m now 37, and I’ve been on and off the benefit since I was 18. I’ve done odd jobs, but they mostly haven’t lasted long either because the role was temporary or I didn’t fit in with the other workers. They have also put me into upskill courses that are meant to help you find work after, to no avail.
When my parents died suddenly in 2010, I got no empathy from Work and Income. In fact, they told me to let it go and move on just two weeks after it happened, and kept threatening to cut my benefit.
Cut to 2019, I recently asked if they would be able to help me pay for a course I wanted to do, because it didn’t fit in with Studylink funding and didn’t qualify for the training allowance. They refused to help me. This course could have got me an internship and a paid job in a position I would love, and be happy to do every day. They wouldn’t even loan me the money.
I do not get enough to save much, I can’t even go and enjoy a nice coffee out or go to any events to meet people because I don’t have enough money for them or transport to get there. I’m behind on doctor’s bills, it’s just ridiculous.
I agree that you are not able to afford a healthy lifestyle while on the benefit, yet the pressure to be healthy is upon us.
It’s not Work and Income’s fault that prices are so high, however they must adjust or the Government must do something about the ever-rising rental and food costs.
Physically and mentally, I could live a much healthier lifestyle in Thailand with the amount I get. I could have a nice one room chalet near the beach for the same price as I’m paying for a room in a shared house. This is not Thailand, however it would be nice if I could live there instead on the amount I get.
I cannot afford to pay for a pool pass, vegetables are expensive and to go shopping at different markets would mean needing a car or public transport, which costs money as well.
I can’t even afford a haircut or nice clothes for interviews … the list goes on. Something definitely needs to change.
Oh dear, once again we are not privy to the full story. If they expect the taxpayers of this country to support them, than access to the FULL facts would be helpful.