Taxpayer Funded Groups Need More Transparency
Taxpayer Funded Groups Need More
Union backs New Zealand First leader Winston Peters in
his call for an inquiry into South Auckland Social Services
Trust, Te Roopu Taurima O Manukau. Jordan Williams,
Executive Director of the Taxpayers’ Union,
"It is always concerning to hear reports of
alleged financial irregularities when taxpayers' money is at
stake. The serious allegations must be looked into without
“Unlike government agencies, these non-profit
groups are not required to comply with the Official
Information Act. This means that too often taxpayer money
disappears into a void."
"The public need assurance that
money is not being wasted or misspent."
“We call on the
Government to commit to reform of the Official Information
Act so that it covers these sorts of
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On The Greens Proposal To Gradually Lift The Minimum Wage
Heading into the election home stretch, voters have a clear choice about the best way to help low and middle income New Zealanders. They can do so by gradually lifting the minimum wage (as the Greens propose) or by a small tax cut, as the government seems about to announce.
The minimum wage boost – by 75 cents an hour to $15 in December, and then by gradual annual increments to $18 an hour by 2017 – that the Greens are talking about is just one part of a packet of employment measures that would include scrapping youth rates and the 90 day trial period, introducing a redundancy package of four weeks, offsetting any abatement effect of the policy package for those receiving Working For Families, and finally… ditching the exception made by the government (during the Hobbit negotiations) for workers in the screen industry, which denies them normal workplace safeguards and entitlements. More>>