N様 ７０代 男性 兵庫県
Family of welfare recipient has kindly sent us cool fruit jelly as a summer gift, so called Ochugen in Japanese.
Dear, Gyoseishoshi Miki,
It’s been a while since we last contacted you.
We bet you must’ve been busy helping people in need to apply for public assistance, as always.
We’ve sent you some dessert basket, so please enjoy.
Since (specific month) last year, (welfare recipient’s name) has been well, thanks for being under the public assistance program. He also seems to be getting used to going to the hospital, as well. Home visit by a local agency is an obligation of public assistance program, I understand, but because of corona virus pandemic, there’s been no visiting home for quite a while. This month, he’ll have a home visit, and seems to be nervous about that. I was wondering if you could give him some advice.
He said he reported (number) yen as the bank deposits, and (number) yen for other possessions.
There were some most commonly- asked questions in the emails from the sender.
They were not sure whether it’s legal to save money from public assistance program for the funeral or wedding expenses or for fixing broken appliances as paying the repairman gets quite expensive.
Part of the answer from the Gyoseishoshi Lawyer is below.
Regarding your question, TV repair costs won’t be paid as additional of the public assistance as it is not seen as the minimum living expense guaranteed by constitution. However, you can save money for those expenses from the livelihood assistance paid every month. You don’t have to worry so much, as long as money saved by public assistance wouldn’t be over several ten thousand yen or so.