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


Young Denied Help As Bennett Clamps Down On Eligibility



Social Development Spokesperson

Young People Denied Help As Bennett Clamps Down On Eligibility

Paula Bennett’s claims there has been a drop in the number of young New Zealanders on benefits may be correct, but it’s not for the reasons she is suggesting, Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Jacinda Ardern.

“Ms Bennett has released figures showing the number of young people receiving youth or young parent payments has fallen.

“That may be the case, but it’s not because of the ‘success’ of her welfare reforms. Rather it’s because the Government is screwing down on already strict eligibility criteria for under 18 year olds.

“To be eligible for the youth payment (previously the independent youth benefit) a young person must demonstrate that they are in ‘exceptional circumstances’, often meaning they cannot live at home due to family breakdown, violence, or even gang related issues.

“Cases where young people have been assessed as being eligible for a youth payment but been denied it by Work and Income are becoming more common.

“In fact, contractors who assess eligibility, along with frontline youth workers, have significant concerns about vulnerable young people not getting the help and support they need under the new regime.

“In one case, where a young person was living with the constant threat of violence following a family breakdown, Work and Income ignored the recommendation of a trained assessor that the young person receive support.

“These are young people who are often in education or training, doing their best in extremely difficult situations. To deny them help when they need it most for the sake of some ‘positive’ statistics is ill-advised and callous.”



© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Minister of Finance: Plan Shows $100 Billion Infrastructure Projects

Finance Minister Bill English has today launched the Government’s Ten Year Capital Intentions Plan (CIP) which shows a pipeline of $100.9 billion worth of infrastructure projects over the next decade. More>>


Werewolf: Safe Landings Gordon Campbell on the safety challenge to the Wellington runway extension.

The safety-related legal challenge revolves around the size of the 90 metre long Runway End Safety Area (RESA) being proposed for the runway extension. More>>


Environment Commissioner: We Need To Work Together On Climate Change And Farming

“The debate around agricultural emissions and the ETS has been polarised for too long,” said the Commissioner. “But the ETS is not the only way forward – there are other things that can be done.” More>>


NZ Super Fund: Seeking To Put A Market Price On Climate Change

Oct. 19 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand Superannuation Fund says it will devise a set of rules to assess investment winners and losers under climate change, a strategy that could rule out fossil fuels or producers such as current portfolio member Exxon ... More>>


Rejuvenation: Parata Will Not Contest 2017 Election

Education Minister and National List MP Hekia Parata has today announced that she will not be contesting the next election. She advised the Prime Minister of her decision earlier this year. More>>

Prisons Grow: Government Approves Plans For Increased Prison Capacity

Despite significant progress in reducing crime the number of prisoners has increased faster than projected. This is because the proportion of offenders charged with serious crimes has risen, meaning more people are being remanded in custody and serving more of their sentences in prison. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Plastic Bag Activism, And Street Harassment

Amusing to see the Act Party experiencing another outbreak of young fogey-ism. What has aroused the ire of Act Leader David Seymour this time is the introduction of a Greens private members bill to the ballot process, calling for a 15 cents levy on plastic bags to reduce pollution. More>>


Unclear Weapons: US Navy Ship Cleared To Visit NZ For Navy's 75th

United States Navy ship, the USS Sampson, has been given clearance to visit New Zealand next month by Prime Minister John Key... “The process for considering the visit by the USS Sampson is the same as that used for all ships attending the International Naval Review." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news