Parliament

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

 

Concerns Over Planned Changes To DPB

8 January 2002

Confidential Documents Support National's Concerns Over Planned Changes To DPB

Papers obtained by National under the Official Information Act prove the Government has completely ignored advice from Treasury regarding planned changes to the DPB.

The Government intends to remove the work-test for those on the DPB and replace it with an enhanced case management concept.

National's Social Welfare Spokesperson Bob Simcock says he agrees with the Treasury report that states such a move will result in lower employment outcomes, longer duration on benefits, and higher benefit expenditure.

"The Treasury Report goes on to make a number of key points. Between 1991 and 2001, the proportion of sole mothers employed increased from 28% to 45%, compared to the increase from 61% to 65% for partnered mothers.

"There can be no doubt that by introducing an untested case management concept the employment rate of sole mothers, particular the full time rates, will decline and once again the employment gap between sole and partnered mothers will widen.

"What is being proposed is vastly different from any other case management study used in the OECD, with the closest comparison being the Casework Model implemented in the United States back in the 60's.While it promised much benefit numbers actually increased rather than declined.

"The report notes that by removing the work test it weakens the work obligation message to DPB and WB recipients, which is a move in the opposite direction to other OECD countries.

"So what we have is a scheme that is going to cost more, mean more people stay on benefits longer and case manager numbers having to double.

" I share the view of Treasury, the current scheme works and so replacing a policy that works with one that has not been fully developed is risky. Why do it," says Mr Simcock.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods (is the dollar up or down?) the outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country... More>>

ALSO:

.

 
 

Submissions Summary: The People's Commission On Public Media

This Summary is a preliminary report from the People’s Commission. It brings together views and aspirations of the hundreds of people who made submissions, attended public meetings, filled out the online survey and made speeches to our Panel. More>>

Housing Plans: Protest Over Ihumatao Development

Ihumatao in Mangere, next to the airport in Auckland, holds the archaeological remains of 1000 years of food production; from when Maori first landed in the area, through to early European settler agriculture and right up until today. More>>

ALSO:

Negotiations: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word.. More>>

ALSO:

Contains Highly Colloquial Language: Your F**king Guide To Government Formation

The following message is in no way endorsed by the Electoral Commission. They are f**king done with this election. More>>

NZ Emissions Up 50% 1990-2013: Report Confirms CLimate Change Impacting NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: Inland Revenue Steps Back From Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election