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

 


Bradford: Bash the system not the beneficiaries


Bradford says: Bash the system, not the beneficiaries

The Green Party says beneficiaries are being unfairly victimized by politicians, when inadequacies in the health and welfare systems are really to blame for the rise in people claiming sickness and invalid’s benefits.

“Recent Labour and National governments are responsible for tightening ACC health and work testing requirements to the extent that many people with major mental and/or physical disabilities have been forced into the benefit system,” said Sue Bradford, the Green Social Welfare spokesperson.

“Meanwhile, never-ending waiting lists and huge gaps in the health system, both for physical operations and for psychological services, also mean it is taking longer for some people to access the services they need to render them fit for work.

“For example, extremely long waiting lists for addiction services mean that people who might otherwise be assisted are left on the scrap-heap and are stuck with an invalids or sickness benefit.”

Ms Bradford also pointed out that the longer people stay on any benefit, including the unemployment benefit, the more likely they are to be in poor mental and physical health, and therefore more likely to move to a sickness or invalid’s benefit.

“We've had structural unemployment for two decades now,” said Ms Bradford. “The rising numbers of mentally and physically sick people is a direct result of entrenched poverty and unemployment.

“It is rich for National to be crying foul over the numbers of people on these benefits, when it was National which cut benefits in 1991, and which continues to encourage patronising and hostile attitudes towards beneficiaries who are sick or out of work through no fault of their own.”

Sue Bradford said the real answer to helping people off invalids and sickness benefits lay in:

• Changing the way in which ACC works with long term and seriously injured claimants so that people are genuinely rehabilitated before being pushed off income-related compensation;

• Improving funding and access to physical and mental health services in all parts of New Zealand, including speedy access to addiction treatment;

• Changing attitudes and services so that beneficiaries are genuinely assisted into work, and that sick and injured people are not be blamed or penalised for their situation.

© 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