Bennett Continues to Bash Beneficiaries

Press Release – Auckland Action Against Poverty

Today Paula Bennett has again perpetrated another beat-up on beneficiaries, says Alastair Russell, Auckland Action Against Poverty spokesperson. Ms Bennett is cynically trying to persuade New Zealand that beneficiaries live a life of luxury, …3 April 2014

Bennett Continues to Bash Beneficiaries

“Today Paula Bennett has again perpetrated another beat-up on beneficiaries”, says Alastair Russell, Auckland Action Against Poverty spokesperson.

“Ms Bennett is cynically trying to persuade New Zealand that beneficiaries live a life of luxury, are able to pack their Louis Vuitton luggage and swan off on overseas holidays.”

Mr Russell asks, “How many people have left New Zealand having abandoned all hope of getting a decent job? How many have left because of their experience of on-going Work and Income harassment?”

“Auckland Action Against Poverty knows the reality Ms Bennett continues to deny. Life on a benefit is brutally hard. Children go hungry. Choices are made about what bill goes unpaid. Go into Work and Income and leave your dignity at the door. This is the real world and not the fantasy that Ms Bennett wants us to buy into.”

“Today I have spoken with a superannuitant who went overseas. Her daughter paid for the trip. She traveled to see a grandchild. She notified Work and Income of her travel plans. She obeyed all the rules and still had her benefit stopped.”

“This government needs to focus on policies which address poverty. And stop cheap publicity stunts trying to vilify beneficiaries. We need meaningful job creation. We need an end to the Work and Income culture of harassment.”

“We continue to wait for the day when Ms Bennett announces a scheme involving 20,000 real jobs with real wages. That would be progress and that would show this government values beneficiaries and their aspirations.”

ENDS

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