Prove welfare increase justified

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 09 September, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 09 September, 1993, 12:00am

I REFER to the report headlined, ''Increase in allowance demanded'' (South China Morning Post, September 4) by Susie Weldon.

Although I am not a social worker, as a father of two, I have every sympathy for the plight of those children who live off welfare.

However, I doubt very much whether a significant increase in welfare allowances would be an incentive to become independent.

Not long ago, an unemployed man who had lost one of his several children brazenly told the press that he and his wife would continue to produce more children since they could comfortably rely on public assistance without work.

Pressure groups are making a number of sweeping demands to increase welfare allowances for children (how about the elderly and the disabled?) on public assistance, for example, a 100 per cent increase of the child supplement, a monthly grant of $50 for school books and an extra monthly allowance of $150 for teenagers. Presumably they have done a careful study.

These groups should explain how they arrived at these figures, if they want public support.