Category Archives: NZ Welfare

37,000 more people on welfare — Kiwiblog

The latest benefit statistics shows that since the change of Government: 37,000 more people on welfareA 22% increase in those on a jobseeker benefit16,000 more people who have been on a benefit for over a yearA 30% increase in Maori and Pasifka jobseeker benefit levels15,000 more children living in a benefit dependent householdThe year of…

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How Church Warnings About Welfare Came to Pass — The BFD

 

I don’t know why MSD continues to surprise me. But they do. TVNZ had a piece about how beneficiaries are being provided with My Food Bag deliveries so I did a search of their site to find out more. No joy but this turned up under how MSD helps people live successful lives. Such utter tosh that I hardly…

via How Church Warnings About Welfare Came to Pass — The BFD

Oranga Tamariki a scapegoat for serious societal problems – our problems — Your NZ

As a number of people have said, Oranga Tamariki is damned if they do take babies from mothers, but they are also damned if babies are left in the care of at risk families and are seriously harmed or killed. It may be found that Oranga Tamariki can improve procedures around the ‘uplifting’ of babies […]

via Oranga Tamariki a scapegoat for serious societal problems – our problems — Your NZ

Government under-delivery continues with ‘dismal’ social welfare tweaks — Your NZ

The Government year of under-delivery continued last week with an announcement of social welfare reforms tweaks being buried on Friday afternoon when it would have been anticipated that most news coverage would have been of Pike River mine re-entry – which also didn’t deliver. Green co-leader Marama Davidson sounds deflated and resigned to under-delivery this […]

via Government under-delivery continues with ‘dismal’ social welfare tweaks — Your NZ

No questions asked (no sanctions) welfare — Your NZ

One of just three changes as a result of the Welfare Expert Advisory Group report is contentious – it will remove (next year) a sanction (reduction in sole parent benefit) for mothers who don’t name the father of their child or children: The Government will scrap the discriminatory sanction that cuts income to women and […]

via No questions asked (no sanctions) welfare — Your NZ

Auckland University identifies widespread benefit fraud — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

 

Widespread benefit fraud has been identified by the Auckland University of Technology in research published on Wednesday by the Ministry of Social Development. For a number of years, and on a number of occasions, I have questioned the longitudinal Growing Up in New Zealand (GUiNZ) data because the level of reported sole parenthood does not match the reported…

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Grant Robertson explains how his ‘wellbeing’ budget will work — Your NZ

Minister of Finance Grant Robertson was interviewed on Q+A last night on how ‘wellbeing’ will be woven into next year’s budget. Wellbing in the budget is described as ‘a new way of delivering public policy and measuring economic success, and now in a world first GDP won’t be the only indicator of our prosperity. Happiness […]

via Grant Robertson explains how his ‘wellbeing’ budget will work — Your NZ

Who needs insurance when Labour will get taxpayers to cover you — Kiwiblog

The Government announced: The Government will pay former residential red zone owners 100% of the 2007/08 rateable value for uninsured homes, Minister Megan Woods has announced today. What a kick in the teeth for the tens of thousands of home owners who did pay for insurance. The Government has just told us all we’re muggins.…

via Who needs insurance when Labour will get taxpayers to cover you — Kiwiblog

I bet I’ll be called a racist, but facts are facts are facts… — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

 

I bet I’ll be called a racist, but facts are facts are facts. Lindsay Mitchell posts these two charts: and; Surprised? I’m not. The luvvies in government will have you know that the two things are not at all related. No sireee. Not relevant. Various “experts” will tell you that the incarceration rates are in…

via I bet I’ll be called a racist, but facts are facts are facts… — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Government gives more money to bludgers at the expense of hard working Kiwis — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

 

The government is pleased to announce that they are giving more of your hard-earned cash to bludgers and ne’er-do-wells. The NZ Herald reports: Quote The number of beneficiaries having their welfare payments cut has plummeted as the Government encourages a less punitive approach by Work and Income. At the same time, the number of hardship…

via Government gives more money to bludgers at the expense of hard working Kiwis — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

Labour activist says keep welfare for the poor — Kiwiblog

Shane Te Pou writes: The welfare state is about those of us who are doing OK to help those who are not – manaakitanga. The goal is to give our neighbours, our sisters and brothers a hand to help them back to dignity and self-sufficiency when life deals them a tough hand. This is why the…

via Labour activist says keep welfare for the poor — Kiwiblog

Working for Families versus tax cuts — Your NZ

Essential income assistance? Or trapping low income workers in a ‘handout cycle? Working For Families was introduced in New Zealand in the 2004 budget of the Clark/Cullen government. It has been both praised and criticised. It provides tax credits for families with dependent children aged 18 or under who are not in full employment. There […]

via Working for Families versus tax cuts — Your NZ

Expert Group announced for ‘overhaul of the welfare system’ — Your NZ

An overhaul of the welfare system was included in the Labour-Green confidence and supply agreement: Fair Society 10. Overhaul the welfare system, ensure access to entitlements, remove excessive sanctions and review Working For Families so that everyone has a standard of living and income that enables them to live in dignity and participate in their […]

via Expert Group announced for ‘overhaul of the welfare system’ — Your NZ

Sepuloni interview another ‘wait and see’ — Your NZ

Both Newshub Nation and Q&A have had trouble this year with interviews of ministers who can’t say much of substance due to pending reviews and committees. This happened yesterday with an interview of Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni. Lisa Owen: So we’ve seen ads for an expert advisory group for jobs. How many people on […]

via Sepuloni interview another ‘wait and see’ — Your NZ

Greens concede on benefit sanctions — Your NZ

The Greens have conceded their policy on abolishing sanctions and obligations on beneficiaries won’t be supported by Labour or NZ First so have backed off. The Green Party has scrapped one of its core election promises championed by former co-leader Metiria Turei https://t.co/WCLKzCQXC2 — Newshub Politics (@NewshubPolitics) December 6, 2017 The Green Party has scrapped […]

via Greens concede on benefit sanctions — Your NZ

Work for the dole is a good idea but they should not get minimum wage — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

I have always been a fan of work for the dole schemes but to succeed they have two big hurdles to overcome. The first hurdle is the unions. When you create new work or enter the market to compete with existing workers they do not like being undercut or having what they see as their…

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Greens say go ahead and rort the system — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

The Greens plan to repeal “excessive” benefit sanctions. […] Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni thinks the disclosure rule is “discriminatory against sole parents”, while furnishing in the cynical cloak of identity politics: “97.7 per cent of people sanctioned are women, and 52.8 per cent Maori.” Both parties can usually be counted on to fawn over any United…

via Greens say go ahead and rort the system — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

But it’s the kids that cop the conesquences — Your NZ

A difficult situation was raised on The Nation this morning – a policy where mothers who don’t name the father of their children gets less benefit. The Nation: Lisa Owen interviews Andrew Becroft Lisa Owen: Well, seeing as we’re talking about benefits, there is more than 13,000, and they’re mainly women, who are currently getting […]

via But it’s the kids that cop the conesquences — Your NZ

The law of unintended consequences has hit the Rest home industry thanks to Pay equity

When the government recently decided to force pay equity on to Rest Homes making them significantly increase the wages of their caregivers, a domino effect was created and the consequences for both Rest Homes and other industries are significant. The first problem was that by raising the hourly rate significantly it put the caregivers almost on a…

via The law of unintended consequences has hit the Rest home industry thanks to Pay equity — Whale Oil Beef Hooked | Whaleoil Media

State Has Duty & Child Has Right to Name of Father

Media Release 2 June 2017 Family First NZ is rejecting statements by Green MP Jan Logie that women should not have to name the father of their child. “Not only does the state have a right to pursue the father for his contribution to the welfare of the child, but the child has a right…

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