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


Govt is not removing asset testing

Govt is not removing asset testing

The Government is raising the asset testing threshold for older people in care instead of removing asset testing as it is claiming in an announcement today, says National Senior Citizens Spokesperson Dr Lynda Scott.

"Labour is leaving the legislation in place which means older people in long-term residential care will still be asset and income tested to assess what part of their assets can be used to pay for their care.

"All they have done is raise the level of what you can keep, Raising the exemption threshold by $10,000 each year after that will not remove asset testing - it will barely keep up with inflation and appreciation of assets.

"This will be the third time Labour has used this issue as a cynical election carrot.

"Labour's promised through two election campaigns that it would remove asset testing, and the changes to the threshold announced today won't even happen until 2005.

"National raised the threshold level in 1998 to $45,000, also exempting a car and house if one of a couple was in care, and raised it to $15,000 if a single person was in care. After five years these thresholds needed to be raised.

"We believe adjusting the threshold is fair. We have done this in the past.

"However no one should be left under any illusion that asset testing has been removed. To say it has is pure Government spin," Dr Scott said.

© 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