Welfare package a move in the right direction
27 February 2012
Government welfare package a move in
the right direction
“The National Council of
Women of New Zealand (NCWNZ) believes in principle that
stage one of the Government’s welfare reforms represents a
positive step in the right direction,” NCWNZ President
Elizabeth Bang said today.
Elizabeth Bang was
commenting on reforms announced by Social Development
Minister Paula Bennett to move more New Zealanders from
welfare into work.
“The statistics tell us that
around 220,000 children live in welfare dependent homes.
This is an unacceptably high number. Our children are our
future and investment in their wellbeing is
“NCWNZ supports policies that help
parents on a benefit to get into the workforce where
possible, so they can become contributing members of society
and they and their families can enjoy a better quality of
life,” concluded Elizabeth Bang.
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Gordon Campbell: On First Time Voting (Greens)
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