The bludgers who have spent a lifetime living in a state house are about to see the movers arrive. The Government has moved to end lifetime entitlements to state houses.
A cornerstone of New Zealand’s welfare system, the state house for life, has passed into history.
A law change has turned the state house system on its head by introducing reviewable tenancies and giving tenants in social housing provided by non-government organisations access to the same rent subsidy as Housing New Zealand.
The subsidy applies to low-income earners and means they pay no more than 25 per cent of their income on rent. Previously, people had to be in a state house to qualify.
Housing Minister Nick Smith said that, and the promise of a state house for life, had created inequities. Read more »