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


Food Grants Finally Increase

Downtown Community Ministry


10 July 2008

Food Grants Finally Increase

Last week’s announcement by the Government to double food grant entitlements is great news for people struggling to put food on the table this winter.

Downtown Community Ministry Director Stephanie McIntyre says, “We welcome these changes because they will provide real relief for people in need. Back in May we called for the food grant entitlement to double because we found more and more DCM clients were making choices between having food to eat and paying their bills”.

“Increasing costs for rent, food, transportation and power have forced people on low incomes to rely on organisations like DCM for food parcel support.

“These changes come at the right time but they have taken too long,” she says.

While the amount of the food grant remains the same, the allocation period has been halved from 52 weeks to 26.

“A lot of focus has been given to the Working for Families package and without doubt thousands of New Zealanders have been helped through it, but single people living alone whose sole income is a benefit are still missing out.

“People on Invalid benefits need to be supported, not penalised.

“The cuts to the welfare system in 1991 by the then National government are still being felt and benefits levels need addressing accordingly”.

“We’d like the government take some decisive action on addressing benefit levels.”


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Back Again: Government Approves TPP11 Mandate

The Government has approved a negotiating mandate for Trans-Pacific Partnership 11 (TPP11), which will ensure New Zealand businesses remain competitive in overseas markets.

Trade Minister Todd McClay says New Zealand will be pushing for the minimal number of changes possible to the original TPP agreement, something that the remaining TPP11 countries have agreed on. More>>




Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>


Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>


Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>


Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>


Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>


(Not National): Cross-Party Agreement On Pike River Re-Entry

The commitment was signed this afternoon by the leaders of Labour, United Future, The Maori Party, and the Green Party and, together with the earlier commitment by New Zealand First, means that there is now a Parliamentary majority behind the families’ fight for truth and justice. More>>






Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election
  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog