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

 


United Future's Brain-Child A Dud

January 27, 2005

United Future's Brain-Child A Dud

Rajen Prasad, Chief Commissioner of the Families Commission, yesterday attacked Don Brash's Orewa speech with an ill-informed defence of the domestic purposes benefit, according to Lindsay Mitchell, petitioner for a Parliamentary review of the DPB.

"Rajen Prasad says that 'more than 40 percent of domestic purposes beneficiaries already work part-time.' In fact, data from the Ministry of Social Development last year showed that only 24 percent of DPB recipients with dependent children worked part-time. Prasad must be referring to current earnings declarations which do not relate directly to current work status."

"He then says, 'support is often necessary for short periods to ensure families can function well and children are properly cared for.' This ignores that 45 percent of DPB recipients have been on a benefit continuously for four years or more - the sort of long-term dependency Brash is worried about."

"The Families Commission is the brain-child of the United Future Party, whose 2002 election manifesto contained the following;

PROBLEM; In 1975 we had 17,000 people on the DPB. We now have over 110,000. Direct costs, at present are $1.4 billion and are expected to rise to $1.6 billion within three years. Children from welfare dependent homes are more likely to have poor health, difficulties with learning, dysfunctional social relationships and criminal convictions.

"By promoting the DPB the Families Commission will only add to this problem. What a bitter disappointment they must be to United Future."

Lindsay Mitchell petitioner for a Parliamentary review of the DPB forms available from www.liberalvalues.org.nz contact dandl.mitchell@clear.net.nz

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news