Aside from not wanting to let the facts get in the way yet again David CunliffeÂ is starting to adopt the verbal approach of his chief of staff, we had the Garner interview that was mate this and mate that which from a toff in a Herne Bay mansion is ridiculous.
We now have the totally over the top reaction to what is some pretty minor changes to state house tenancies, reviewing a tenancy in a HNZ house to someone whose luck has improved to free up a house for someone more deserving is now “disgusting”.
Clearly there is some media training going on but with the same results that Phil Goff and David Shearer had…you can’t completely re invent someone.
And what of the policy?
Sounds like pretty sensible stuff to me and no doubt any other working person out there paying private rent.
The changes, coming into effect tomorrow, give community housing providers greater access to money to subsidise people in desperate need of a home.
It means non-government groups can offer income-related rents for tenants for the first time.
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett said it would allow more diverse housing options for people on the waiting list, and make houses more affordable.
â€śIt means significant savings for those renting the houses, with the state picking up a bigger part of the bill for them,â€ť she said.
The government has set a target for 20 per cent of the countryâ€™s social housing to be provided by non-government organisations by 2017. Currently there are about 1200, but Minister for Housing Nick Smith said he wants that number to rise to 12,000.
Many of those new projects will be in West Auckland â€“ where about 1200 of the 5500 people on the national state house waiting list live.Â Read more »