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

 

Beneficiary Impact – Come get what is rightfully yours

10 December 2012


Beneficiary Impact – Come get what is rightfully yours

Auckland Action Against Poverty and other northern advocates will coalesce outside of Work and Income Onehunga today, tomorrow and Wednesday to work with beneficiaries in the Onehunga community to ensure they get the support that is rightfully theirs, says Auckland Action Against Poverty spokesperson Sarah Thompson.

“Work and Income have a culture of denying people their full entitlements so this event- what is called an 'Impact' - aims to get people the financial support that is rightfully theirs.

“During the three days, from 9am to 4.30pm, we aim to work with large numbers of beneficiaries to ensure they're receiving their full entitlements.

“On Tuesday the 11th from 12pm to 2pm, we are also holding a rally across from Work and Income Onehunga with political speakers including Jacinda Ardern, Jan Logie and John Minto who will speak to their party's welfare policies.

“During the Impact we expect to find many people who are not receiving Temporary Additional Support and the Disability Allowance – additional support that beneficiaries are frequently not informed of.

“We expect to find people needing an Advance Payment of Benefit for things like rent and bond, due to the increase in overcrowding and the lack of available Housing NZ houses. And we expect to find many people in need of Food Grants as a result of the increase in unemployment and poverty.

“By working with these people we aim to work around some of the budgeting requirements. Beneficiaries don't have a budgeting problem, they have a problem of insufficient funds with benefit payments too low to get by,” says Ms Thompson.

“Work and Income will have over 12 extra staff each day at the Onehunga office to deal with the influx.

“We are focusing on the Onehunga community for the Impact however all beneficiaries and low paid workers are welcome, bring I.D. We will have quotes for essential items such as washing machines, vacuum cleaners, fridges and more.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Fallout From The Barclay Tape

This is hardly a case of cleaning out your desk and being turfed out onto the pavement.

As others have pointed out, the disgraced Clutha-Southland MP will remain on the public payroll for three months until the election, and for three months afterwards. More>>

 

Ombudsman: Canterbury Schools Reorganisation Mishandled

An investigation into the Canterbury schools reorganisation after the February 2011 earthquakes has found significant gaps and flaws in the Ministry’s engagement and communications with schools and communities. More>>

ALSO:

Law Commission: Contempt Report "Protects Right To Fair Trial"

The proposed Act limits what news media representatives and bloggers can report on court proceedings, but it also makes clearer than the current law where the line is between contempt and freedom of expression. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Our Refugee Intake (And Uber’s Woes)

On figures released this week, there are currently 65.6 million people worldwide who have been displaced from their homes by war, famine or other external causes… More>>

ALSO:

IGIS Report: GCSB Support For Groser WTO Bid Not Illegal

“The inquiry has found that the GCSB did not act unlawfully or improperly in providing assistance to the New Zealand government campaign”, Ms Gwyn said. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Press Conference: Pike And Houses

There were questions on Pike River mine re-entry after new video from inside the drift was released over the weekend. English maintained a human effort would not be feasible irrespective of any future coalition demands from NZ First. He said the government would continue to work with families on non-manned re-entry. More>>

ALSO:

Flogging A Dead Horse: NZ First Seeks New s59 Referendum

10 years on from the so called “anti-smacking” law - NZ First calls for a binding referendum. NZ First MP Tracey Martin told TVNZ’s Q+A programme that the law change has had a “chilling effect” on NZ parents including herself. More>>

ALSO:

Always Interesting: Internet Party Has New Leader

The Internet Party has a new leader: Suzie Dawson... She currently resides in Moscow, Russia, where she has applied for temporary asylum due to severe persecution she reports being subjected to by those whose corruption she worked to expose.More>>

 
 
 
 

Opening The Election Supporters

 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election
 
 
 
  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog
More RSS News Alerts