Radio NZ 28 Feb 2012
Lobby groups against poverty say the latest slew of changes to welfare undermine beneficiary parents and penalise their children. The Government has announced the first stage of welfare changes that will be introduced to Parliament next month. The legislation will require sole parents on the Dependent Purposes Benefit to look for part-time work once their child turns five – and full-time work once they turn 14. The chief executive of Business New Zealand, Phil O’Reilly, says the issue of welfare reform needs to be debated without prejudice.
Family First says that if the part-time work requirements can be arranged around school obligations, it will give a good work ethic, can raise household income, and that beneficiary bashing is when we lock people into long term welfare dependency and the negative outcomes that can be associated with that