Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Benefits larger and easier to get under Labour

The Government plans to remove all incentives for beneficiaries to get a job and plans to pay people more to stay on the dole, says National's Work and Income spokesperson Belinda Vernon.

"Social Services Minister Steve Maharey told the Social Services Select Committee today that the government is working to make it easier for people to get a benefit.

"He revealed that the government will pay beneficiaries more for doing more. So if you're on a benefit, you can do more courses and go for more job interviews and the government will pay you more on top of your benefit.

"At the same time, the government is working on raising abatement levels so people can stay on the benefit, work part time and keep even more money, completely removing any incentive to get full time work and get off the dole.

"Mr Maharey's idealistic world will quickly take us back to the days when you could get more on a benefit than in a job.

"While the government removes incentives to work and makes benefits easier to get, Mr Maharey is counting on beneficiaries having a 'sense of responsibility to take up opportunities.' But why get a job when you've got it so good?

"Mr Maharey makes a big deal about social exclusion and talks about focus on inclusion. With a third of New Zealand already included on WINZ's books, how many people does he want included?

"Mr Maharey says there must be incentives for people to get into work, but in the same breath says he's removing existing incentives.

"Under this Minister, the only thing that looks like growing are the dole queues," says Ms Vernon.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Science Advisors: Stopping Family Violence – The Evidence

A new report “Every 4 minutes: A discussion paper on preventing family violence in New Zealand” by Justice sector Chief Science Advisor, Dr Ian Lambie, discusses the evidence and asks us, as a community, to get involved...

Dr Lambie says family violence is widespread and goes on behind closed doors in all suburbs, affects the childhoods of many New Zealanders, and disturbs adult and family relationships. More>>


Conflicts, Inadequacies: IPCA Finds Police Investigation Flawed

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that a Police investigation into inappropriate contact between a teacher and a student in Gisborne in 2014 was deficient in several respects. More>>


PM's Press Conference Multimedia: Grace Millane, ACC Levy Hold, Absent Execs

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern began her Monday post-cabinet press conference with an emotional comment on the murder of English backpacker Grace Millane. More>>


Child Poverty Monitor: Food Poverty Due To Inadequate Income, Housing Cost

The latest Child Poverty Monitor released today by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner reveals alarming facts about children suffering the impacts of family income inadequacy, says Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG). More>>


Open Government: Proactively Release Of Ministerial Diaries

All Government Ministers will for the first time release details of their internal and external meetings, Minister for State Services (Open Government) Chris Hipkins announced today. More>>


Billion Trees: Questions Over Shanes Jones Carbon Claims

“Officials estimate the actual value of the One Billion Trees (OBT) scheme will be just a third of the amount Mr Jones claimed, at about $900 million, and that he padded the number by including $800 million of ETS benefits and $1 billion of business-as-usual activity..." More>>

'Sovereignty Concerns': Plans To Sign UN Migration Pact

New Zealand is likely going to sign up to a United Nations migration pact this week as long as it can iron out a concern around sovereignty. More>>


Most Vulnerable Face Most Risk: Sea Level Rise Threatens Major Infrastructure

The burden of sea-level rise will weigh on the most vulnerable unless a new approach is developed and legislated, a new report says. More>>





InfoPages News Channels