Video | Agriculture | Confidence | Economy | Energy | Employment | Finance | Media | Property | RBNZ | Science | SOEs | Tax | Technology | Telecoms | Tourism | Transport | Search

 


Welfare changes unfair and unprincipled

CTU Media Release

9 July 2013

Welfare changes unfair and unprincipled

The CTU is very concerned about the substantial changes to the benefit system which come into effect next Monday. Eileen Brown, CTU Policy Analyst says “these changes pose significant risk to people and to communities.”

Eileen Brown says “we know that when there are jobs available, the number of people on unemployment benefit falls. The evidence of that is clear in the massive drop in numbers of people on benefits between 1999 and 2008. Renaming the benefit categories will not produce more jobs or improve outcomes. All it does is re-label people who are out of work for legitimate reasons”.

Eileen Brown says “the CTU supports the investment approach with more specific assistance for people to match them with a decent job. But the punitive measures being introduced alongside this are unfair and unprincipled.”

The new legislation introduces sanctions for people who don’t accept a job that is deemed to be suitable; brings in pre-employment drug testing requirements; introduces work testing for sole parents who have young children; and ties benefit receipt for solo parents to social obligations including attendance for young children over 3 at ECE and older children at school.

“These are coercive and punitive approaches. They stigmatise people who are already having a tough time,” says Eileen Brown.

“It will mean for example, that a sole parent with two young children could lose half their benefit if the State-imposed social obligations are not met. How can this benefit those children?”

“This pressure will force people into low paid poor quality work which they have no choice but to accept. Some will go off a benefit but won’t be in work either.”

“The CTU advocates for decent jobs with a living wage for workers seeking work and re-entering the workforce combined with support to gain access to education and skills development. We urge the Government to direct their focus and energy on job creation and more support for those out of work rather than attack beneficiaries,” concludes Brown.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Business Headlines | Sci-Tech Headlines

 

Power Outages, Roads Close: Easter Storm Moving Down Country

The NZ Transport Agency says storm conditions at the start of the Easter break are making driving hazardous in Auckland and Northland and it advises people extreme care is needed on the regions’ state highways and roads... More>>

ALSO:

Houses (& Tobacco) Lead Inflation: CPI Up 0.3% In March Quarter

The consumers price index (CPI) rose 0.3 percent in the March 2014 quarter, Statistics New Zealand said today. Higher tobacco and housing prices were partly countered by seasonally cheaper international air fares, vegetables, and package holidays. More>>

ALSO:

Notoriously Reliable Predictions: Budget To Show Rise In Full-Time Income To 2018: English

This year’s Budget will forecast wage increases through to 2018 amounting to a $10,500 a year increase in average full time earnings over six years to $62,200 a year, says Finance Minister Bill English in a speech urging voters not to “put all of this at risk” by changing the government. More>>

ALSO:

Prices Up, Volume Down: March NZ House Sales Drop 10% As Loan Curbs Bite

New Zealand house sales dropped 10 percent in March from a year earlier as the Reserve Bank’s restrictions on low-equity mortgages continue to weigh on sales of cheaper property. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Business: Chorus To Appeal Copper Pricing Judgment

Chorus will appeal a High Court ruling upholding the Commerce Commission’s determination setting the regulated prices on the telecommunications network operator’s copper lines. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

Cars: Precautionary Recalls Announced For Toyota Vehicles

Toyota advises that a number of its New Zealand vehicles are affected by a series of precautionary global recalls. Toyota New Zealand General Manager Customer Services Spencer Morris stressed that the recalls are precautionary. More>>

ALSO:

'Gardening Club': Air Freight Cartel Nets Almost $12 Million In Penalties

The High Court in Auckland has today ordered Swiss company Kuehne + Nagel International AG to pay a penalty of $3.1 million plus costs for breaches of the Commerce Act. Kuehne + Nagel’s penalty brings the total penalties ordered in this case to $11.95 million ... More>>

ALSO:

Crown Accounts: Revenue Below Projections

Core Crown tax revenue has increased by $1.9 billion (or 5.0%) compared to the same time last year. However this was $1.1 billion less than expected and is reflected across most tax types, continuing the pattern of recent months. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
Computer Power Plus
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Business
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news