The welfare system can be used to enhance financial freedom. Here, of course, we are making reference to financial freedom for financially disadvantaged groups. As we all know, such groups tend to have very little financial freedom. Lack of money generally translates into less financial freedom. And less financial freedom in turn translates into less freedom in other areas. For without money, for instance, your freedom of movement is severely curtailed. You simply can’t afford to pay fares and other costs that have to be incurred when one is moving around. Without money, your freedom of expression is also greatly curtailed. People express themselves through the clothes they wear, the cars they drive, the neighborhoods they live in… and so on. But without money, most of these things are out of reach. Even your freedom to associate with other people could be curtailed by lack of money. You find that you can’t afford to move around and meet the people you wish to meet.
What we are looking at is a scenario where you find that, on paper you have such freedoms (by virtue of being a citizen). But due to lack of money, you are not actually able to make use of them: meaning that the freedoms could as well not be there. Given this background, it becomes clear that by delivering some money to financially disadvantaged groups, the welfare system goes a long way in enhancing their financial freedom.
Worth noting is the fact that the authorities that disburse the welfare payments have lately been coming up with novel disbursement systems. These are systems designed to make it easier and more convenient for the recipients of the welfare funds to access the funds faster. This is where, for instance, we are lately seeing the increased use of direct deposit systems in the disbursement of welfare funds. Using the said direct deposit system is akin to using the electronic (Visa or MasterCard-branded gift cards). With such gift cards, you tend to find a gift card website –which is essentially a portal where the cardholders can manage their cards, and the funds therein, online. One such portal is the Mygiftcardsite Visa balance, meaning that it is for Visa gift cardholders. Recipients of welfare funds who use direct deposit nowadays tend to have access to similar portals, where they are able to manage their cards and funds online. And by opting to disburse the funds in this way, the authorities are able to go a step further in trying to enhance financial freedom for the recipients of welfare funds.