Parliament

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

 

All We Want For Xmas Is Welfare Reform

All We Want For Xmas Is Welfare Reform

Monday 22 Dec 2003 Dr Muriel Newman Press Releases -- Social Welfare

In contrast to Social Services and Employment Minister Steve Maharey's claims of success in the welfare portfolio, answers to my written Parliamentary Questions show him to be failing those who need help most, ACT New Zealand Social Welfare Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman said today.

"Parliamentary Questions have revealed that of the 577 jobseekers unemployed for more than six years who were placed in `stable' employment by the Department of Work and Income, almost 40 percent re-registered unemployed or returned to a benefit," Dr Newman said.

"Similarly, for those unemployed more than four years - of the 2,514 placed in stable employment, 39.3 percent have returned to benefits or re-registering unemployed. This is followed by 36.12 percent of the 4,924 who were unemployed between two and four years.

"Clearly, Mr Maharey's oft-trumpeted success with lowering unemployment relates only to the short-term unemployed - who are mostly capable of getting a job on their own without help. As these figures show, long-term unemployed are posing a bigger problem - and, by returning to benefits, are effectively being consigned to the scrap heap.

"Labour's soft-on-welfare approach - which focuses on giving beneficiaries as generous a package of handouts as possible - is clearly enticing many who have moved into the workforce, and given work a go, back onto welfare.

"This is detrimental to beneficiaries, their families and taxpayers. As we face the New Year, the Minister should be mindful that the only way for people to achieve their hopes and dreams is to be independent of the state.

"That is why it is so important to look to strategies that have been successful overseas - time limits on welfare, and 40-hour work weeks - so that those who have been on welfare in the long term are given a real chance for a better life," 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

Supreme Court: Worksafe Decision On Whittall Pike River Prosecution Unlawful

The question in issue on the appeal was whether WorkSafe New Zealand acted to give effect to an unlawful agreement of this nature when it offered no evidence on charges against Peter William Whittall for breaches of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992...

The Supreme Court... has found that the decision to offer no evidence was made under an unlawful agreement to stifle prosecution. It has granted a declaration to that effect. More>>

 

Cullen To Chair: Tax Working Group Terms Of Reference Announced

Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Revenue Minister Stuart Nash today announced the Terms of Reference for the Tax Working Group and that the Group will be chaired by Sir Michael Cullen. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them. More>>

ALSO:

Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>

ALSO:

Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>

ALSO:

Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election