Parliament

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

 

Bennett’s sanctions against kids must stop

22 October 2013

Bennett’s sanctions against kids must stop

Paula Bennett must immediately stop her benefit sanctions regime following new revelations it is actively hurting children, the Green Party said today.

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) research today damns Ms Bennett’s sanction regime for harming children, failing to monitor the full impact of the sanctions on children, and putting their wellbeing behind her drive to get beneficiaries into work.

“Minister Bennett needs to stop her sanctions regime, or tell New Zealand how many children she is prepared to harm if she won’t,” said Green Party income support spokesperson, Jan Logie.

“CPAG’s analysis is new information and is a very useful contribution to understanding the Government’s brutal reforms.

“Paula Bennett has to ask herself the question – does she intend to be the Minister that puts more children into poverty or does she want to be the Minister to protect children from poverty?

“At the moment her sanctions policies are putting more kids and their families at risk.

“CPAG has highlighted how the children of beneficiaries are being singled out for different treatment than other kids. They’re being forced to attend preschool at 3, when other children don’t have to, and if their parents don’t send them parental income is halved. This is unnecessarily harmful to those children.

CPAG found a worrying lack of information about the sanctions is being collected by the Minister, which amounts to her putting her fingers in her ears and her head in the sand.

“We would like to see the Ministry undertake monitoring to provide transparent public reporting as recommended by the Welfare Working Group.

“I have repeatedly called for a comprehensive evaluation of the implementation of the Government’s Welfare Reforms. CPAG’s research highlights just how important this is. These reforms affect the most vulnerable people in New Zealand. We need to be sure they are not causing more harm.

“The fact that the Government does not have adequate data on the outcomes of key reforms is simply unacceptable, Ms Logie said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Budget

It may seem like Oliver to be so bold as to ask the Finance Minister for more gruel – but what the Dickens, Steven Joyce… is this Budget really as good as it gets?

Supposedly, the public was going to receive significant rewards – an election year lolly scramble no less – for the eight years of belt tightening that they’ve endured, and for the rundown of essential public services.

Well, what Budget 2017 delivered instead in Education and in Health were allocations barely sufficient to maintain the current levels of service delivery More>>

Scoop Full Coverage: of Budget Announcements & Reaction
Latest: Scoop Search

 
 

Carer Settlement: Threat Of Staff Exodus In Mental Health

As a result of the recent pay rise awarded to their aged care and disability sector colleagues, many staff in non-government mental health and addiction organisations are considering leaving to join these workforces. More>>

ALSO:

Climate Policy: New Zealand Set To Blow Its Carbon Budget By 27%

The Government’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory shows New Zealand is set to release 647.5 million tonnes of carbon emissions between 2013 and 2020 – 137 million tonnes more than we are allowed under the Kyoto Protocol. More>>

ALSO:

Earlier:

Christchurch Considers Cathedral, Stadium: Cathedral Working Group Report Released

“About half of Christchurch wants to see the cathedral reinstated, the other half wants something new and more modern, but really, everyone just needs a decision." More>>

ALSO:

Auditor-General Stands Down For Investigation: Gordon Campbell On (Not) Taking Responsibility

So Martin Matthews, our current Auditor-General wishes he could have detected “earlier” the fraud that occurred on his watch at the Ministry of Transport. Hmmm. But he could have detected it earlier, surely? That’s the point. More>>

ALSO:

NGOs Pleased: Govt To Halt Collection Of Client Data

Brenda Pilott, the chair of ComVoices and national manager of Social Service Providers Aotearoa, congratulates the government on its decision to call a halt to the collection of individual client data until the concerns of not-for-profit service providers have been worked through. More>>

ALSO:

Gosh: Blasphemy Law Repeal Struck Down

Chris Hipkins, the MP who tabled a Supplementary Order Paper to add our Blasphemy Law to the Statutes Repeal Bill, said this was a "sad day for freedom of speech, tolerance, and leadership". More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 

Opening The Election Supporters

 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election