The churches are politicking again. Perhaps it is time to look, once again, at their status.
As usual the Media party take their side despite clear contradictions between the claims made and the facts in the report.
The government is dumping responsibility for desperate people on the charitable sector, say New Zealand’s Christian social services.
A new report from the NZ Council of Christian Social Services, released today, says demand on social service organisations has soared, while government support has shrunk, particularly in the form of food grants.
Executive officer Trevor McGlinchey said like many of the people they served, social service organisations were under huge financial stress, with government funding staying largely static for the last eight years.
Desperation to find housing, food and sufficient income to survive had become “the new normal” for many families, he said.