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Govt Unconcerned At High Numbers Born Onto Benefit

Govt Unconcerned At High Numbers Born Onto A Benefit

In Parliament today United Future MP, Judy Turner, pointed out to Social Development Minister, Steve Maharey, that over the past five years 25,000 people already on a benefit had further children, said Lindsay Mitchell, petitioner for a Parliamentary review of the DPB.

"Earlier this year, when I put this issue to Associate Minister, Ruth Dyson, her only response was that the government does not make a moral judgement. Steve Maharey's response to Judy Turner today was some equally lame nonsense about governments not paying people to have children."

"Of course they do. If you're on the DPB and keep having children you get more money; if you keep having children there is no pressure to get a job so the government has to pay you an income. There is more incentive in the benefit system to have another child than there is to get a job".

"Children being born onto a benefit is a problem, even if this Labour government refuses to acknowledge it. Their own research clearly shows that children born onto a benefit stay there the longest and are consequently the most disadvantaged."

"Growing families courtesy of the state is a lifestyle choice for many beneficiaries. At least United Future are waking up to this fact."

Lindsay Mitchell petitioner for a Parliamentary review of the DPB ph/fx 04 562 7944 petition forms available at http://www.liberalvalues.org.nz

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