In the near future people on social welfare will not be giving cash . Their card will be loaded up like debit card and it will be the only way a person will be allowed to pay for items with their social welfare payment credit.
Any surplus on the card will be wiped off when the next payment is applied, so it is will be up to SW recipients to insure they use up all the credits on their card.
If you owe a fine it will be deducted from the amount on the card in installments. If say you have outstanding motor tax it will be deducted in installments at the the higher installment rate, INCLUDING ARREARS.( Ref: Civil Debt Bill).
Also, cigarettes, alcohol, luxury goods will not be allowed to be purchased on the card. If a person tries to buy a food item of higher value and better quality the transaction will not be allowed to go ahead if there is a cheaper and hence lower quality option available.
ALL PART OF THE CASHLESS SOCIETY FOLK’S.