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

 


Four years too long for struggling families

Four years too long for struggling families - Greens

Green Social Services Spokesperson Sue Bradford Today Urged The Government To Begin Urgent Reform Of The Benefit System, Saying Families Living In Poverty Could Not Wait Three To Four Years For Government To Act.

Recently released briefing papers from the Ministry of Social Development show that the benefit system is not providing adequate support for low income families, that many are missing out on benefits because the system is so confusing, that the real value of family support has decreased by 5.5 per cent since 1998 and that nearly a third of New Zealand children are living in poverty.

"I am really disturbed with comments by Minister Maharey that changes to the benefit system would be expensive and that he hoped to address these issues with change over the next three to four years," said Ms Bradford.

"Three to four years of families not receiving benefits they are entitled to and nearly a third of our kids growing up in poverty is completely unacceptable - especially under a Labour Government."

Ms Bradford said the Greens wanted the Social Security Act rewritten now, core benefits adjusted so that all families could get by with dignity and for the minimum wage to be increased to $10 per hour.

Ms Bradford said the fact that Labour were prepared to take their time to address crucial issues that contributed to poverty in New Zealand was a reason why the Greens could not vote confidence in this Government.

"It is just not good enough to say reforming the benefit system will cost money and therefore we need to take our time while children and families in this country do not have enough money to get by.

"The Greens call upon this Government to make addressing the problems with the benefit system a number one priority and to find the money that is required to make these changes right now," said Ms Bradford.

"Our children and our families simply cannot afford to wait for this Government to sort out its priorities."

© 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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news