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

 


Work For The Dole Will Still Be Compulsory

Work For The Dole Will Still Be Compulsory – Official

Friday 16th Jun 2000
Dr Muriel Newman
Media Release -- Social Welfare

With government officials revealing yesterday that work for the dole would still be compulsory, Social Services Minister Steve Maharey’s grand plans to ‘reinvent the welfare state’ now appear to be nothing more than a mere name change for the community wage.

ACT Social Welfare Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman said the fact that welfare was invisible in the budget was an indictment of a Minister who had no vision for welfare and no new ideas of his own.

“There was no increase in overall employment scheme funding and no details on what the Government planned to do, except change the name of Community Work to “Activity in the Community”. Further, while the Government’s own officials said that the renamed work for the dole scheme would still require the unemployed to take jobs in the community, the Minister was saying the opposite.

In answer to a written question from Dr Newman the Minister for Social Services, Steve Maharey replied on the day before the budget that ‘participation in Activity in the Community will not be mandatory’ and that job seekers could choose whether or not to participate and would not face sanctions for choosing not to work.

“It now appears from the confusion and lack of detail that Steve Maharey’s promise to ‘scrap the community wage’ was, in the Minister’s own words, “just one of those things that you say in Opposition”,” she said.

“Steve Maharey has already told beneficiaries not to bother turning up for work. He has said that under his changes, they won’t face penalties. Now it appears that his grand plan to change the scheme may only be a name change, and those who don’t turn up, will face sanctions,” she said.

Dr Newman said the Government must move quickly to clarify the growing confusion over whether or not beneficiaries should be turning up for work.

“This ‘do we, or don’t we’ turn up to work confusion is costing beneficiaries the chance to get motivated and back into work. Steve Maharey is making a mockery of the benefit system and that’s unfair on taxpayers,” said Muriel Newman.

ENDS

For more information visit ACT online at http://www.act.org.nz or contact the ACT Parliamentary Office at act@parliament.govt.nz.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news