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Full Coverage: Changes To Benefit Entitlements

Unabated: Nats Break Election Promise With Welfare Changes

The Government's welfare changes break the National Party's 2008 election promises, the Green Party said today. “In their election policy, National promised to ‘Allow beneficiaries to earn up to $100 a week before their benefit is affected,’” Green Party Co-Leader Metiria Turei said. More>>

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Gordon Campbell: Paula Bennet Not Friends With Benefits

Kudos to Finlayson in his role as Attorney-General though, for his forthright Bill of Rights evaluation of the government welfare bashing policy. As Mai Chen said on RNZ this morning, why exempt a class of beneficiaries who – by definition – are no longer looking after children from work testing, while demanding it of DPB recipients who are still looking after children? More>>

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Welfare: Harden Up

A comprehensive package of reforms unveiled today by Social Development Minister Paula Bennett, aims to break the cycle of welfare dependency.

The Future Focus package delivers on National’s pre-election promises by rebalancing expectations and obligations.

“I strongly believe people are better off in work; it’s better for them individually, for their children and their families,” says Ms Bennett.

345,000 New Zealanders currently receive a benefit, costing taxpayers $4.8 billion a year. Future Focus aims to support only those in genuine need. There is an expectation that those who can work, do. More>>

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Branko Marcetic: Land Of The Long White Egalitarian Myth

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