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[–] daskapitalist 2 points 6 points (+8|-2) ago 

This makes sense, and is in place for the same reason your company doesn't let you withdraw cash and pinky-swear it was used for legitimate business expenses (or in this case living expenses). Legitimate living expenses like rent/utilities/food/etc aren't going to be paid in cash. But things welfare isn't allowed to be spent on like alcohol or tobacco products are where cash is likely to disappear to.

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[–] Zodi 3 points 1 point (+4|-3) ago 

Assuming it's cash aid, don't you think it'll be spent on household supplies and toiletries? How are they going to get their shopping done?

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[–] spookybm 3 points 5 points (+8|-3) ago 

I buy all that on a card. Problem?

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[–] daskapitalist 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

These days these funds are disbursed through debit cards that can be used for approved types of items at almost any store. E.g. you can use these debit cards for food and toiletries, but not beer and tobacco.

There's very little reason to allow cash disbursements given the risk of abuse.