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Scare-tactics no substitute for policy

Scare-tactics no substitute for policy

“Too many children are being locked into the welfare trap under this Labour Government,” says National Party Welfare spokeswoman Judith Collins.

“And when questioned recently in Parliament, Steve Maharey refused to offer any guarantee that child poverty would not rise under Labour.

“The reality is that no one wants to see child poverty increase.

“But even in these times of high employment, nearly a quarter of a million children are being brought up in homes where the main form of income is a benefit.

“Given the absence of any comment about this, one can only conclude that Labour is comfortable with that situation.

“National is not.

“We are offering a tax policy that provides far better incentives for those on welfare to move into work. National will make work pay.

“We have also offered a childcare tax deductibility package that will ease the transition from welfare to work.

“Those who are unable to support themselves will be no worse off under National, but those who are able to contribute to the community will be asked to do so through work programmes and retraining.

“Labour has also let the Agenda for Children slip off its agenda and it is planning to burden families on welfare with a carbon charge that will push up power and fuel bills.
“Labour talks up its record on children, but far too many of our kids are still slipping through the cracks,” says Ms Collins.


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