Newstalk ZB 22/02/2011
The idea of getting people off benefits and back into work is a good move according to a Family Centre coordinator. A report from the Welfare Working Group will be released at midday today, and it’s expected to recommend 300,000 beneficiaries be forced into looking for work. The Family Centre’s Lower Hutt coordinator Charles Waldegrave says that’s a good move in principle, but he warns it will take a lot of investment from government. “I think the worry is that this is a time when they’re wanting to save money a lot in a period of high unemployment that it might be quite difficult for them to actually implement the recommendations of the report,” he told Newstalk ZB’s Mike Hosking. Mr Waldegrave suggests there needs to be more flexibility around work hours, and quality child care to help parents get back to work.
Director of Family First, Bob McCoskrie says it’s in the best interests of families and children. He says the that idea upping welfare payments decreases poverty is faulty logic. “What we’ve got at the moment is a large level of welfare dependency and it’s actually exacerbating the problem rather than dealing with it,” he told Newstalk ZB. “What higher payments and welfare handouts do is it actually encourages more unmarried births, which increases periods of welfare dependency.” Mr McCoskrie claims research shows girls who grow up in families on welfare, are more likely to receive welfare themselves later on. He says welfare needs to be a vital hand-up, not a hand-out with no expectations.
Bob McCoskrie debates Welfare with Sue Bradford on Newstalk ZB Christchurch 22 Feb 2011