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

 


In Need Of A Home? Don't Ask Labour

In Need Of A Home? Don't Ask Labour

Monday 26 Jan 2004 Dr Muriel Newman Press Releases -- Other

ACT New Zealand Housing Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman today expressed concern - but not surprise - at new information that has revealed a huge increase in the number of people urgently awaiting state housing.

"Answers to my written Parliamentary Questions show that, since November 30 2001, there has been a 65 percent increase in the number of people awaiting state housing on Housing New Zealand's `at risk' waiting list," Dr Newman said.

"As of the end of November 2003, there were 203 people on HNZC's `at risk' waiting list. This is followed by 4,934 whom HNZC deemed to be in `serious need' - a 20 percent increase since 2001. Overall, the number of people in need of state housing has risen 24 percent - from 10,110 to 12,575 - in around two years.

"The Government's housing policy, however, means this comes as no surprise. By introducing income-related rents, Labour ensured that state housing tenants no longer move on - why leave a house with rent of $40 when market rents are up to six times higher?

"Like all Government assistance, state housing is supposed to provide a safety net. Tenants move in, and then are moved on as soon as their situation improves. Under Labour, however, tenants are remaining in these houses for years - last year I revealed that one family rented a state house, worth $697,000, for 32 years and paid only $58 a week.

"More and more people need a roof over their heads, and these numbers will continue to rise. The Government must urgently introduce time limits for state houses, to ensure that those with lower needs can move on and make way for families in desperate circumstances.

"Labour's housing policy is proving detrimental to the country, and harming our most vulnerable people. This situation must be addressed immediately - families in urgent need should be receiving state welfare assistance as a priority," 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

 

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