Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Maharey Deceives Over DPB Softening

Social Services and Employment Minister Steve Maharey has not a shred of evidence to support his removal of the work test, and papers released by the Treasury confirm that, says ACT Welfare spokesman Dr Muriel Newman. A bill to remove the test was debated in Parliament today.

"Treasury papers reveal that the percentage of sole parents employed has risen by 10 percent under work testing. Ministry of Social Development papers confirm the number of sole parents getting jobs has risen. The Minister's own answers to Parliamentary Questions show that the number of sole parents getting jobs each year has risen in the last three years from 8,000 to 10,000. In 1973 when the DPB was created, there were 13,000 recipients.

"By the time work testing commenced in 1997, the number had risen to 112,000, with budget projections that this number would rise to 124,000 in 2000/2001.

"For the first time in 30 years, the numbers on DPB have not only stopped climbing, they have dropped to 108,000" said Muriel Newman. Ten thousand less people on the Domestic Purposes Benefit saves the country $120 million a year.

"The only reason the Minister is removing the work test , against all evidence and advice, is because the Beneficiary Advocacy Group have demanded it. Since the election, Mr Maharey has forced the Ministry to work with this Group to implement as many of their 131 requirements as possible."

"Also, hidden away in the Bill debated today is a radical new policy allowing the Minister through regulation to write off identified debts for beneficiaries. It is a remarkable softening in the policy of recovering Welfare money which has been wrongly or illegally received.

"Mr Maharey's years as Minister have seen New Zealand Welfare policy softened to an astonishing degree, at a cost of tens of millions of dollars.

"But his worst legacy will be his confinement of many working age beneficiaries to longer benefit dependence" concluded Muriel Newman.

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Criminalising Of Rap Music


For black youth in America, there can be only three ways out of the ghetto: athletics, music or drug dealing. And for every individual who succeeds in making it out, dozens more attach themselves to their celebrity crews in order to bask in the reflected glory, and partake of the lifestyle. And what rap musician can afford to turn their back entirely on the ‘hood, when staying street and staying real is what their audience demands of them..?
More>>



 
 



Crime: Govt Helps Protect Shops From Ram Raids

The Government is providing further support to help Police protect small businesses affected by a spike in ram raids, Minister of Police Poto Williams says... More>>


Government: Investment Boosts Coastal Shipping In Aotearoa
New Zealand is a step closer to a more resilient, competitive, and sustainable coastal shipping sector following the selection of preferred suppliers for new and enhanced coastal shipping services, Transport Minister Michael Wood has announced today... More>>


Government: New Zealand To Stay At Orange For Now
With New Zealand expecting to see Omicron cases rise during the winter, the Orange setting remains appropriate for managing this stage of the outbreak, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today... More>>


Government: Independent Panel Appointed To Review Electoral Law
Justice Minister Kris Faafoi today announced appointments to the independent panel that will lead a review of New Zealand’s electoral law. “This panel, appointed by an independent panel of experts... More>>


Trade: Prime Minister To Visit United States
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is leading a trade mission to the United States this week as part of the Government’s reconnection strategy to support export growth and the return of tourists post COVID-19... More>>


National: Jacqui Dean To Retire From Parliament In 2023

Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean has announced that she will not be seeking re-election at the 2023 election. “I have advised the President and Leader of the National Party that I have decided not to put my name forward... More>>

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels