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It’s time for the stigmatising nature of welfare to change

Press Release – Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) welcomes the Privacy Commissioner inquiry into the Ministry of Social Developments (MSD) investigative practices and joins the AAAPs call for the department to end cruel and invasive practices that can have … Read more »

Time for punitive, stigmatising nature of welfare to change

Press Release – Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) welcomes the Privacy Commissioner inquiry into the Ministry of Social Developments (MSD) investigative practices and joins the AAAPs call for the department to end cruel and invasive practices that can have … Read more »

Record numbers needing hardship assistance from WINZ

Press Release – Auckland Action Against Poverty

The latestMSD quarterly report shows that over $100 million was granted for hardshipassistance to almost 350,000 people by Work and Income in the September 2018quarter, an increase of almost $30 million from the same quarter last year. While hardship assistance … Read more »

AAAP welcomes Privacy Commissioner Inquiry into MSD

Press Release – Auckland Action Against Poverty

The Privacy Commissioner has launched an inquiry under the Privacy Act 1993 into the Ministry of Social Developments (MSD) investigative practises. This comes almost a month after Auckland Action Against Poverty released an OIA report which … Read more »

Bill to tighten residency requirements for Super commended

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

A bill to increase the threshold for superannuation eligibility from 10 to 20 years residency, drawn from Parliaments ballot today , deserves the full support of Parliament, says the New Zealand Taxpayers Union . Read more »

MSD to review privacy in serious fraud investigations

Press Release – Ministry of Social Development

The Ministry of Social Development will review the best way to gather necessary information about high risk benefit fraud while balancing clients right to privacy. Read more »

Government clearly giving up on most vulnerable

Press Release – New Zealand National Party

A blowout in the number of people on the Jobseekers benefit and a significant reduction in sanctions imposed over the last year shows the Government has given up on getting more people into work, Nationals spokesperson for Social Development Louise Upston … Read more »

Latest benefit figures released

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Latest benefit figures show the percentage of the working-age population receiving a main benefit remains the same as it was a year ago, Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni said today. Read more »

“The Journey to Prison”: Celia Lashlie’s writing revisited

Opinion – Don Franks

New Zealand has one of the highest imprisonment rates in the world, second only to the United States, with over 5000 people currently in our 17 prisons. We could be excused for thinking the problem is huge, too big too handle Read more »

Jami-Lee Ross says police will be investigating complaint

Article – RNZ

Former National MP Jami-Lee Ross has emerged from the Victoria Street police station in Wellington after filing a complaint on leader Simon Bridges. Read more »

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