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

 


Maharey Bill "Ideological Claptrap" - Newman

The Social Security Amendment Bill, which had its first reading in Parliament today was “ideological claptrap” and did nothing to help unemployed people get back into meaningful jobs, ACT Social Welfare Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman said today.

Dr Newman described Social Welfare Minister Steve Maharey as the “U-turn Minister,” who had failed to live up to promises he made while in Opposition.

“He has reneged on his pre-election promise to remove work-testing for sole parents.

“The only promises he has kept is to effectively destroy the work-for-the-dole scheme – the most cost-effective and successful of all of the 30 or more programmes run by the Department of Work and Income,” Dr Newman said.

Dr Newman said 30,000 people had participated in the Community Work Scheme and gained a wide range of valuable work and life skills.

“Of those, 54 per cent went on to get jobs or go into further training.

“The Community Work Scheme is by far the most cost-effective programme, costing only $21 per week on top of the benefit. In comparison putting people through the Limited Service Volunteer Scheme, with significantly worse results, cost more than $500 per week,” Dr Newman said.

She said Mr Maharey had failed to listen to advice and retain a scheme that was in line with international best practice.

“With this Bill Mr Maharey has turned his back on the unemployed and has put hollow ideology above the concerns of people desperately trying to re-enter the work force,” Dr Newman said.

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

 

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

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:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news