Parliament

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

 

Minister pats her back for increased unemployment forecast

Sue MORONEY

Social Development Spokesperson

16 January 2014        MEDIA STATEMENT  

Minister pats herself on back for increased unemployment forecast.

While child poverty and inequality continue to grow in New Zealand, Paula Bennett has the nerve to congratulate herself on a report that shows unemployment last year was higher than expected and will therefore be higher than forecast for the next nine years, says Labours Social Development spokesperson Sue Moroney .

“The report shows that while unemployment was higher than expected, the numbers on benefits was lower than expected. This tells us that Government is losing on the jobs front, while forcing people off Government support.

“Widows have been particularly hard-hit with a 25% decrease in the Government support for them under Ms Bennett’s new sanctioning regime. In some cases this has meant cutting the benefits of people who haven't been able to been able to afford the travel to a training session.”

“What makes this so called good news even harder to swallow is that the $10b decrease in forecast future welfare payments the Minister brags about is based on a crystal ball-gazing approach which saw $1.5b of this decrease come from a mistake made in last year's valuation.

“It stands to reason that as baby-boomers move into retirement, New Zealand's long-term liability for benefits will naturally decrease and will be replaced with an increased liability for superannuation.

"Is the Minister going to take the credit for the natural ageing process too?"

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Ch-Ch-Changes At IRD

job cuts aren’t happening at the IRD, exactly. Instead, there’s apparently a ‘transformation’ in store, and jobs won’t be axed ; no, they will be ‘transformed’ before our eyes into… non-jobs, if you happen to be among the unlucky legion of 1,900 who are being lined up for transformation, which seems to work rather like a secular version of the Rapture.

Except that at IRD, not even your shoes will be left behind. More>>

 

Christchurch Mental Health: Hospital Too 'Awful' For Reviewers To Visit

Jonathan Coleman has to stop the stalling over a new building for mental health services in Christchurch to replace the quake damaged Princess Margaret Hospital, says Labour’s Health spokesperson David Clark... More>>

ALSO:

Greens Call For Govt Action: Children Sick Because Of NZ Housing

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians president-elect said today that children with preventable respiratory illnesses are being re-admitted to hospital because they're being sent back to cold, damp homes. More>>

ALSO:

Less Tax Cut, More Spending: Labour Launches Fiscal Plan

“Labour will invest $8 billion more in health, $4 billion more in education and $5 billion more for Kiwi families through Working for Families, Best Start and the Winter Energy Payment than the Budget 2017 projections for the forecast period.” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Greens’ Room For Political Pragmatism

The Greens here are currently being criticized by the commentariat for not making the same kind of pragmatic choices that sunk the Democrats in Australia. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Being Humane About Welfare, Child Support, And Tax

It made for an unusual Venn diagram, but Greens co-leader Metiria Turei and Finance Minister Steven Joyce were briefly sharing some common elements this week in the set that says – hey, don’t use the powers of the state in ways guaranteed to make the system you’re trying to defend worse, not better. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election