The constant refrain from the opposition is that it is tough on a benefit and that it is barely enough to live on.
The facts however are far different, with beneficiaries finding that not only is the benefit easy to live on, but that literally thousands of them are able to afford overseas holidays as well.
More than 21,000 beneficiaries have had their income support cut for travelling overseas since last July, the Government says.
But opponents have raised concerns about the number of people affected, dubbing it the latest round of âbeneficiary bashingâ.
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett said she was surprised by the âstaggering numberâ of beneficiaries, excluding superannuitants, who were travelling overseas.
“These figures are the number of people who chose to travel knowing their benefit would be suspended.
”Every day we hear stories of how people cannot live on the benefit. Today you’re hearing that literally thousands can not only live on it but can afford to travel overseas as well.”
Bennett said more than 1750 people have had their benefit suspended for multiple overseas trips since July.Â Read more »