Each country has a different policy to help the general people. Even each province or state has different policies too. Now the question is, how much these policies are available to the people.
Or we can ask, how many people actually know about these policies? The way they are published now, it seems, the government doesn't want you to know about these benefits. If anyhow you get to know about it, then you will be able to apply for it.
I think, government websites should have help or benefit sections, where these benefits will be mentioned clearly in categories. So, that whenever feel that you are in trouble, you can visit that page and find the right help for you.