Parliament

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

 

Desperate families deserve solutions, not spreadsheets


Desperate families deserve solutions, not another spreadsheet

Instead of dealing with the increasing number of vacant state houses on its books the Government has changed the way it records vacant homes, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.

“With waiting list numbers for state homes up 53 per cent since January 2012 the growing need for affordable housing is palpable.

“Families are turning to Housing New Zealand in droves while hundreds of safe and secure state rentals sit empty.

“But instead of finding solutions and filling vacant homes, Housing Minister Nick Smith has opted for a quick-fix, changing the definition of what is classed as a ‘lettable’ home instead.

“Housing New Zealand’s latest data shows the definition of a state house that is ready to rent has changed from ‘lettable’ to ‘short term vacant’. Within this category two new subcategories were also created named ‘under repair’ and ‘ready to let’.

“This is Government butt-covering at its best. It makes a mockery of the need for secure housing that thousands of vulnerable families face every day.

“Nick Smith is tackling the definition not the problem, another sign of mismanagement of a critical social service.

“Today there are still 3,597 vacant homes, up 37% on January 2012 .Of these, 1591 are now categorised as ‘short term vacant’, 1180 are ‘under repair’ and 411 are ‘ready to let’.

“Leaving well over a thousand properties empty for ‘minor repairs’ and another 400 ready to be let sitting empty is not acceptable.

“New Zealand is a DIY nation. Kiwis rightly expect that the state landlord can keep its house in order so that it can fulfil its obligations to our most vulnerable families,” Phil Twyford said.


ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On What We Could Do For Hong Kong, If Only We Dared

There has been something repulsive about PM Jacinda Ardern’s assurances that our joint 5 Eyes criticism of China’s actions over Hong Kong – and China’s harsh reaction – are all well understood on both sides. According to Ardern, it has been a case of us saying the sort of things we’ve said before, them acknowledging our need to do so, and then them responding much as we would expect them to do. All neat and tidy. Frankly, if all of this is merely virtue signalling on our part, and huffy declarations of independence on their part, then what’s the point of this diplomatic dance..? More>>

 

Grant Robertson: Government To Review Housing Settings

New Zealand’s stronger-than-expected economic performance has flowed through to housing demand, so the Government will review housing settings to improve access to the market, the Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced today. “Our focus More>>

ALSO:

Law Commission: Recommends New DNA Laws For Criminal Investigations

Te Aka Matua o te Ture | Law Commission today released a report that recommends a new, comprehensive regime to control how DNA is obtained, used and retained for criminal investigations. The report has revealed significant gaps in the operation ... More>>

ALSO:

National: Leader’s Speech At Annual General Meeting

Good morning delegates. It’s an absolute privilege to be speaking as your leader. I’d like to acknowledge the party president, regional chairs, board members, National Party staff, our MPs, our candidates, and most importantly, you – the delegates, ... More>>

ALSO:


Economy: Crown Accounts Reflect Govt’s Careful Economic Management

The better-than-expected Crown accounts released today show the Government’s careful management of the COVID-19 health crisis was the right approach to support the economy. As expected, the Crown accounts for the year to June 2020 show the operating balance ... More>>

ALSO:

Green Party: Announce Portfolio Reshuffle With Talented And Energised Caucus Team

“The Green Party caucus offers a breadth of talent and energy to the Parliament this term. In ten MPs you have a small business owner, a human rights lawyer, an academic, a climate negotiator, a transport planner, and so much more”, Green Party ... More>>

ALSO:

APEC: New Zealand Ready To Host Virtually

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern took over the leadership of APEC earlier today, when she joined leaders from the 21 APEC economies virtually for the forum’s final 2020 meeting. “We look forward to hosting a fully virtual APEC 2021 next year. While ... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels