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


Beneficiaries Going Backwards

The Minister of Social Services' boasting about benefit increases for April 1 is misplaced, says National's Social Services spokesman Bob Simcock.

"Steve Maharey has no choice - all Governments adjust benefits at this time every year. It is particularly sad to hear him try and claim credit for this move, when in real terms beneficiaries are going backwards.

"The increase is a year behind. Beneficiaries have had to put up with higher costs of living, including a 4.5% rise in food prices, on last year's benefit level. What's more, the adjustment comes into affect on April 1 - the same day as the petrol tax is increased, driving up the cost of living even more for low income New Zealanders.

"While in opposition, Labour and the Alliance supported events like the Hikoi of Hope and bleated about benefit levels. Yet since being in Government, they have done nothing to increase the real value of benefits. Instead they have allowed the cost of living to increase for superannuitants and other beneficiaries.

"This is another example of the 'Maharey principle' in action - say one thing in opposition, do another in Government," said Mr Simcock.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


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>>


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>>


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>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news