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

 


Welfare Reform - New Zealand Association of Social Workers

Press Release

Welfare Reform -New Zealand Association of Social Workers

The gap between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have nots’ will become even wider under the new wave of ‘welfare reform’. This is the view of the President of Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW), Jane Maidment. Current ‘welfare reform’ or the Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Act 2013 that took effect on 15 July makes it very difficult to achieve any sense of progressive social or economic equality, at a time when this is critical according to ANZASW. This welfare ‘reform’ will widen the economic gap in society but more importantly it will encourage and justify the current social inequalities. By highlighting the negative small percentage of cases, in which the benefit has been misused or misappropriated it is sending the message to society that they need not care or should not need to help beneficiaries. The misrepresentation of all beneficiaries not only serves as the reasoning for the welfare reform but as a catalyst for division within communities.

Instead of using positive encouragement to highlight beneficiary skills and potential, the government is now sending the message that beneficiaries should take any job in any workplace and put aside aspirations of furthering their education and workplace skills. This approach will not only undermine personal aspirations and goals but ultimately discourage beneficiaries from entering education and training. Ironic, it seems, as the involvement in education and training would be a step in the right direction to creating a society that has social and economic equality.

These latest moves risk further marginalizing all beneficiaries by fuelling an existing negative stereotype that all beneficiaries want to stay on benefit, thus wasting taxpayers’ money with no intention of getting back to work. This, quite obviously, is not the case. While we acknowledge that there are some cases of people misusing the benefit it seems that the entire range and scope of beneficiaries are being punished for a small percentage of exceptions.

Considering the growing costs of food, accommodation and other essentials in our current society, decreasing the amount of money beneficiaries receive will increase financial stress and will mean some families and individuals will not have the means to provide the bare essentials. Ample evidence of the effects of child poverty exists in New Zealand and these ‘reforms’ will simply exacerbate an already intolerable living situation for many families. With the focus of getting beneficiaries into work parental time with children will be compromised. Even more concerning are the cases where grandparents raising their grandchildren have now been asked to visit Work and Income to seek employment.

We would hope and expect that New Zealand could be a society where grandparents needing to raise their grandchildren could be financially supported in doing so, not badgered by the state to stay in employment.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

EPA: Board Of Inquiry Rejects Basin Flyover By Majority Of 3 To 1

The independent Board of Inquiry delegated to decide on the Basin Bridge Proposal has, by a majority decision (3 to 1), cancelled the Transport Agency’s Notice of Requirement and declined its resource consent applications for the construction, operation and maintenance of a flyover on State Highway 1 in Wellington City between Paterson Street and Buckle Street/Taranaki Street...

Parties specified under Section 149Q(3) of the RMA now have 20 working days to make comments on minor or technical aspects of the report. More>>

 

Parliament Today:

Red Tape: Local Regulations Go Under Microscope

The Government says it is accepting nearly all of the recommendations the Productivity Commission has made on ways to improve local regulations. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Non-Apology To Tania Billingsley

The refusal by Prime Minister John Key to issue a personal apology to Tania Billingsley has been accompanied by an array of excuses... Yesterday though, Key’s choice of words indicated that an apology was the last thing on his mind. More>>

ALSO:

Conventions: Winston Peters On The Nation

Winston Peters opens door to standing in East Coast Bays electorate, says it's an "exciting point" and he's thinking about it. "I’ve had a whole lot of people writing to me and calling up and saying ‘why don’t you have a go in East Coast Bays’." More>>

ALSO:

Waitangi Tribunal: Report On The MV Rena

In its interim report, the Waitangi Tribunal has found that the Crown’s conduct in response to the grounding of the MV Rena on Otaiti (Astrolabe) reef breached the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi. More>>

ALSO:

Gaza: Wellington Protest For Palestine Calls For End To Bombing

Around 300 people gathered outside the Israeli Embassy in Wellington on Friday to protest Israel’s occupation of Palestine. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Failure To Prosecute The GCSB

So one hand of the state – the Independent Police Conduct Authority – has now washed the hands of its brother agencies, and declared that all hands are clean. Case closed. More>>

ALSO:

Illegal Search: Police Behaviour 'Reminiscent Of Tūhoe Raids'

"Māori will lose further trust and confidence in the New Zealand Police and the Independent Police Conduct Authority (IPCA) if the recent incident in Stratford is not adequately addressed. This behaviour would not occur in Epsom or Khandallah so why should police think that such behaviour was acceptable in Stratford," says Chris McKenzie. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell:
On The Dotcom Emails

The Dotcom residency decision fails any number of sniff tests... Why, then, was it approved? Here we get into the realm of the “INZ being under political pressure” to approve Dotcom’s application. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Shonky Police Statistics, And The Israeli Air Strikes On Gaza

When people systematically alter how being statistics are recorded in order to gain personal and organisational advantage, that’s usually when the Police get called in. Yet in the case of the burglary statistics in Counties-Manakau, it was the Police doing the fudging and – at the time – it was then-Police Minister Judith Collins claiming the credit... More>>

ALSO:

'Clean Rivers': Green Party Launches Key Election Priority

The Green Party will make a series of announcements over the course of the election campaign in which it will outline the specifics of how it will clean up our rivers and protect our beaches. In the first of these announcements the party launched its plan for clean rivers. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news