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Vulnerable Families Seeking Government Help

Asenati Lole-Taylor MP
Spokesperson for Social Policy and Welfare

16 December 2013

Vulnerable Families Seeking Government Help

Vulnerable children and their families are desperately seeking help from government agencies as the holiday season approaches says New Zealand First.

Social policy spokesperson Asenati Lole-Taylor says a mother of three from Otara contacted her this morning to seek help to access funding for her and her children because her casual employment has been discontinued and WINZ had dictated a stand down period.

“This is a mother who was doing what the Government had asked her to do, she had found work and was supporting her family, but through no fault of her own has found herself unemployed just before Christmas.

“But now, WINZ has told her that no money is available to her, and instead she must have a stand down period until she is able to access some funding.

“There are families up and down the country who are struggling to cope with the National Government’s welfare reforms and are trying to make ends meet – with the added financial pressure of this time of year making things even worse.

“The welfare reforms have caused more problems than solutions and the Government could do more rather than just advising families that things will get better soon.

“These families have been waiting long enough. Where is their brighter future that John Key and his Government promised them five years ago?’ says Mrs Lole-Taylor.

ENDS

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