Welfare Headlines

Social Housing Reform Bill passed into law

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Law changes to help grow an innovative social housing sector and house more vulnerable New Zealanders passed into law today. Read more »

Too Much Pressure on Parents of Disabled Children

Press Release – New Zealand First Party

Parents caring for disabled children are getting no empathy from National as it puts pressure on them to find jobs, says New Zealand First. These parents already have the full-time job of raising children with disabilities, but because they receive … Read more »

Supported Poverty Does Nothing for Kiwi Kids

Press Release – New Zealand First Party

Budget 2015 is creating supported poverty that will not improve the life of one single child, says New Zealand First. Read more »

Budget delivers small change not real change for children

Press Release – UNICEF NZ

Budget delivers small change but not real change for children UNICEF NZ says the Budget did not deliver the comprehensive package promised by Government but the small increase in benefit rates is an important acknowledgement of the importance of incomes … Read more »

Benefit increase a step in the right direction

Press Release – Caritas Aotearoa

Caritas has welcomed yesterdays Budget announcement of an increase in base rates for beneficiaries with children as a long overdue step in the right direction towards addressing the poverty experienced by too many Kiwi families. Read more »

Gap between benefits and low waged workers had got too large

Article – BusinessDesk

May 22 (BusinessDesk) – The government decided to boost benefits for beneficiaries with children because the gap between benefit levels and the lowest income wage earners had become “a bit too wide,” Finance Minister Bill English said at a post-Budget … Read more »

Andrew Little Post-Budget Address

Article – Francis Cook

Andrew Little said today the Budget was not earth-shattering, but he made concessions regarding the governments new policies on working for families and children in poverty. Read more »

Budget signals change in approach to child poverty

Press Release – Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group says it is heartening to see the first real increase in beneficiary incomes since 1972 announced in Budget 2015. CPAG is pleased to see the government begin to honour its commitment to tackling New Zealand’s high rates … Read more »

Nothing for Northland And Regions in ‘I See Red’ Budget

Press Release – New Zealand First Party

The regions are off Nationals radar in Budget 2015, and promises made to Northlanders by the Prime Minister have been broken, says the New Zealand First Leader and Member of Parliament for Northland Rt Hon Winston Peters. If regional New Zealand wanted … Read more »

Gordon Campbell on Budget 2015

Column – Gordon Campbell

From the outset, the slogan for yesterdays Budget – The Plan Is Working begged to be mocked. Theres actually a plan for the national economy? Who knew? And its been working for whom, exactly? Not for families in poverty, clearly. … Read more »

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