Go after runaway dads
Sir -- I was most interested in Eilis O'Hanlon's piece 'Noise about our welfare culture must not be silenced' (Sunday Independent, June 19, 2011), where she admonishes the welfare state for being overly generous. As a single parent, (mother to one small baby) and currently in receipt of welfare, I couldn't agree more.
There is a plethora of extra payments that usually accompany the Lone Parent Payment, eg, medical card, fuel allowance, back to school allowance, a waiver on bin charges etc, and I haven't even mentioned the heavy hitter yet: Rent Allowance. It is this single payment, in my opinion, that separates the haves from the have-nots in the welfare system. Knowing your rent will be paid is priceless. My case is probably not typical.
I don't receive Rent Allowance. I own a tiny house and somehow manage to pay the mortgage with what I receive in maintenance and from the State. When half of what the State deems enough to live on goes on my mortgage, it takes very imaginative home economics skills to stay afloat. So, I can see that were it not for having to keep the roof over my head, the amount of money provided by the State would do very nicely, thank you.