Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Beneficiary Advocates & Govt Cement Relationship

Beneficiary Advocates And Government Cement Ongoing Relationship

A conference of more than fifty beneficiary advocates from Northland to Invercargill cemented an ongoing relationship with Government Ministers, the Department of Work and Income and Ministry of Social Policy last week.

The Conference took place at Tatum Park near Levin from 29 to 31 August. It was addressed by the Hon Ruth Dyson, Associate Minister of Social Services and Employment and the Hon Parekura Horomia, Minister of Maori Affairs. It included workshops with representatives from DWI, MSP, Department of Labour, Ministry of Economic Development and Housing New Zealand. Representatives from the Labour, Alliance and Green Parties were invited to the final session of the conference to hear a report of conference outcomes.

“Around 15 representatives from beneficiary advocate groups had been meeting with Government Ministers and Ministries / Departments since late January this year,” said Robert Reid, President of UNITE! and spokesperson for the advocate groups.

“This group had produced a list of 123 recommendations of immediate changes that it wished to see DWI and other Government Departments make to assist those on a benefit,” Robert Reid said. “Last week’s conference enabled the wider group to consider these recommendations and what progress had been made on them. It also deepened discussions with the Ministers and Departments concerned with benefit, unemployment and employment issues.

“The Conference looked at the recently tabled Social Security Amendment Bill and what amendments and additions that beneficiary advocate groups would seek to the Bill.”

Outcomes of the Conference also included the establishment of regional fora between beneficiary advocate groups and the regional commissioners of the Department of Work and Income. Maori Beneficiary Advocates have formed their own network and have been invited to be involved in the DWI Maori structures.

“Finally beneficiary groups established a working party of their own to advocate for such groups to receive adequate funding themselves. Beneficiary groups ensure that the poorest of New Zealanders receive what they are entitled to under Social Security legislation. As such we play a major role in both auditing the work of DWI and assisting in the process of “closing the gaps”, Robert Reid said. However most groups are existing with little help from the state and many are currently in a financially precarious situation.”

The Conference was funded the Department of Work and Income, the Ministry of Social Policy and the advocate groups themselves.

For further information please contact:
Robert Reid, tel: (04) 237 5062 (w); (04) 389 5399

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Peters/Ardern Triumph

There are a lot of good reasons to feel joyful about this outcome. It is what so many young voters – the best hope for the country’s future – wanted.

Far more important than the implications for the Economy Gods ( is the dollar up or down? ) last night’s outcome will also mean many, many vulnerable New Zealanders will have a better life over the next three years at least.

Yet the desire for change was in the majority, across the country..>>>More


Reaction

Labour on its agreement |Peters: Post-Election Announcement Speech | Greenpeace “cautiously hopeful” about new Government | ACT - Madman on the loose | E tū ecstatic | Chamber welcomes the outcome | Greens on their joining Govt | EDS welcomes new govt | Immigrant groups worry | Feds ready to engage new coalition government | Labour Ministers of the Crown announced

 

Climate: Increasing Greenhouse Emissions Hit NZ

New Zealand is seeing impacts of excess greenhouse gas emissions in our climate and oceans, according to the latest national report from the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ about the state of the atmosphere and climate…More>>

ALSO:


Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election