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

 

Low-wage families need new housing policies

24 January 2013

Low-wage families need new housing policies

The Service and Food Workers Union has strongly backed the Green Party housing initiatives announced today.

The new policy would enable workers to live in a Government-built home, making a basic weekly payment to cover the Crown’s investment cost and flexible payments to eventually own the home.

The policy also provides much greater protection for those in rental accommodation, including a provision to keep down rent increases.

“The toxic combination of very low wages and very high house prices and unaffordable rentals has made life misery for low-paid workers in New Zealand,” said SFWU National Secretary John Ryall.

“For many thousands of hard working New Zealanders, owning a home has become an impossible dream and soaring rents and inadequate rental housing are a daily fact of life.”

SFWU represents 22,000 workers who are cleaners, caregivers, security guards, food workers and other service workers.

John Ryall said that housing had become the single biggest issue for low-paid workers and their families and providing adequate housing was impossible on wages close to the minimum wage.

“Increasingly housing is a nightmare, not only for our members who are paid close to the minimum wage of $13.50, but those who earn a dollar or two more. They simply do not earn enough to save for a home or pay for the rental accommodation their family needs.”

The SFWU also welcomed the signalled cooperation between Labour and the Greens on housing.

“The Green policy fits well with Labour’s commitment to substantially invest in building more houses. For our members, raising a deposit on their wages is impossible and the Green initiative provides a way to ensure that hard working New Zealanders on low wages can buy a home.”

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Ch-Ch-Changes At IRD

job cuts aren’t happening at the IRD, exactly. Instead, there’s apparently a ‘transformation’ in store, and jobs won’t be axed ; no, they will be ‘transformed’ before our eyes into… non-jobs, if you happen to be among the unlucky legion of 1,900 who are being lined up for transformation, which seems to work rather like a secular version of the Rapture.

Except that at IRD, not even your shoes will be left behind. More>>

 

Christchurch Mental Health: Hospital Too 'Awful' For Reviewers To Visit

Jonathan Coleman has to stop the stalling over a new building for mental health services in Christchurch to replace the quake damaged Princess Margaret Hospital, says Labour’s Health spokesperson David Clark... More>>

ALSO:

Greens Call For Govt Action: Children Sick Because Of NZ Housing

The Royal Australasian College of Physicians president-elect said today that children with preventable respiratory illnesses are being re-admitted to hospital because they're being sent back to cold, damp homes. More>>

ALSO:

Less Tax Cut, More Spending: Labour Launches Fiscal Plan

“Labour will invest $8 billion more in health, $4 billion more in education and $5 billion more for Kiwi families through Working for Families, Best Start and the Winter Energy Payment than the Budget 2017 projections for the forecast period.” More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Greens’ Room For Political Pragmatism

The Greens here are currently being criticized by the commentariat for not making the same kind of pragmatic choices that sunk the Democrats in Australia. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Being Humane About Welfare, Child Support, And Tax

It made for an unusual Venn diagram, but Greens co-leader Metiria Turei and Finance Minister Steven Joyce were briefly sharing some common elements this week in the set that says – hey, don’t use the powers of the state in ways guaranteed to make the system you’re trying to defend worse, not better. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election