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One of the single biggest causes of poverty is having kids, and then even more kids once already in the poverty trap.

One of the unintended consequences of a generous welfare system is that it actually encourages more children…the more you have the more money the government throws at you.

New Zealanders need to talk about more actively encouraging some parents to stop having children, the Social Development Minister says.

Discussing how the State could intervene to tackle child neglect and abuse, Anne Tolley told TV One it was “very difficult” to stop negligent parents having more children but the country needed to have the discussion.

She Child, Youth and Family (CYF) was in some cases taking custody of up to seven children from some parents.   Read more »

Asking for a benefit is indeed humiliating, but it doesn’t justify going postal on WINZ staff

Good to know that WINZ are taking care of taxpayers’ money and making each applicant justify their position.

The fact that people think that somehow justifies the increase in violence against WINZ staff is sickening.

An Auckland man speaking from his own experience says he can understand why the number of eviction orders and assaults at Work and Income offices have risen significantly.

In the past year, 46 staff were seriously assaulted and 413 beneficiaries trespassed from offices for threatening behaviour.

The Government has attributed the sharp rise to copycat behaviour in the wake of last September’s fatal shooting in the agency’s Ashburton office, where Work and Income staff members Peg Noble and Leigh Cleveland were killed and another was injured when they were shot at their workplace.

Lee Oaariki said he was recently forced to apply for a benefit when he lost his job, and it was not a pleasant experience.   Read more »


Thousands of crap parents can’t hold their life together for the sake of their kids

The hand wringers call shame on the government for taking the money away, while the shame is due to the parents now being proven as incapable and irresponsible.

CYFS should consider taking the kids away, we should stick these ferals on mandatory birth control, and then we might consider giving them some of their/our money back.

Thousands of children have been affected by benefit cuts in the last two years because parents failed to meet work obligations set out by the Government.

Benefits haven’t been cut. Useless feral ratbags who don’t meet obligations have had their financial expectations adjusted.

New figures obtained by Radio New Zealand show about 43,000 sanctions have been issued against beneficiaries with children during that time, which could mean their payments were cut by as much as half.

The figures show 20,363 main benefits involving children were cut back in the year to July 2014, and another 23,066 the following year.

Each cut could involve more than one child, and some beneficiaries could have been penalised more than once.

Lisa Woolley, the president of the Council of Christian Social Services, said the numbers were shocking.   Read more »

What Labour is and isn’t focussing on

Yesterday a desperate Labour party resorted to race-baiting in order to try and gain some traction.

Unfortunately their shameless attempt to emulate Winston Peters ended up covered in Kak as it was revealed that their “statistics” were as slippery as a dock covered in duck poo.

It got me thinking.

What is Labour focussing on and why aren’t they focussing on real issues?

So, what we know is Labour thinks that people with chinky sounding surnames investing in property is bad. By extension anyone with a funny sounding surname investing in property is bad…and the logical extension from all their policies against property investment is that working hard, saving, buying property, collecting rent is all bad in their books and these property owning hard working, migrants mostly, Kiwis are stuffing the economy.

In particular they are focussing on the over representation in a highly selective data set of Asian property owners.

That is what Labour is focussing on.

What they aren’t focussing on is policies that address over representation in other statistics. Statistics New Zealand tells us that Asian make up 12% of the population. Maori are 15%, Europeans 74%, Pasifika 7% and 1% are Middle Eastern, Latin American or African.   Read more »

Will John Key have the balls to implement benefit caps?

National is tinkering at the edges with welfare, the latest news being that the government thought about making solo parents return to work earlier.

Budget papers show the Government considered making solo parents return to full time work when their youngest child was 12, instead of 14, but decided against it.

The papers also show it was former Social Development Minister Paula Bennett’s idea to require solo parents to re-apply for their benefits every year “to send a strong message that benefit receipt is expected to be temporary.”

The Ministry of Social Development also advised that change would come at a cost of between $8 million and $11.5 million over four years to administer.

The papers show the Government started work on the centrepiece of its Budget last August – a month before the election.

That was a $790 million ‘child hardship’ package aimed at low income families.

It included a $25 increase to core benefit rates for parents as well as $12.50 more a week for some on Working for Families.

However, the Government also required sole parents to return to re-apply for the benefit each year and to return to part-time work when their youngest child turned three – down from 5-years-old now.

The Government also weighed up whether to require them to move into full time work when their youngest was 12 rather than 14.

However, it did not go ahead with that.

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How about a benefit cap for New Zealand?

Lindsay Mitchell discusses the merits of a benefit cap for households, like that being implemented in the UK.

A benefit cap places “a cap on the total amount of benefit that working-age households can get so that, broadly, households on out-of-work benefits will no longer get more in welfare payments than the average weekly wage for working households.”

More impending  welfare cuts in the UK include the possibility of :

– reducing the benefit cap further

– stopping under 25s claiming a housing benefit

– limiting tax credits to the first two children only

Items 2 and 3 could be implemented in NZ. The first is trickier.

The benefit cap  applies to the total amount of benefit going into one household. There is no benefit cap in NZ so it can’t be reduced.   Read more »

Campbell Live finishing up by pimping whinging ex-pat bludgers still on the bludge

Everyone except the luvvies has been saying that Campbell Live spent too much time crusading and pimping the poor.

In their last week what do they do?

They embrace whinging ex-pat bludgers who are still on the bludge.

Since 2001, there have been strict conditions on New Zealanders living in Australia.

That’s fine – countries often impose rules, but they are conditions that New Zealand doesn’t impose on Australians.

We are often told about the special relationship between the two countries, but there’s nothing special about being a Kiwi in Australia.

It is a policy having a devastating effect, and often it is Kiwi children who have spent the majority of their life living across the ditch who are bearing the brunt.    Read more »

Farrar finally recognises the intellectual paucity at the NZ Herald

Arts, fitness, and travel blogger David Farrar gives the anonymous editorial writer at the Herald a good kick in the balls after their stupid editorial had this to say:

It has long been an anomaly that benefits for the young are raised annually by the rate of inflation while superannuitants have their pensions pegged to increases in wages, or inflation if it is greater.

Wages in recent years have increased at a rate above low inflation, causing benefits to lag the general rise in living standards enjoyed by wage earners and the retired. The cost of indexing working age benefits to wages might be considerable but it seems only fair that it should be done. If fiscally possible, it should be accompanied by a catch-up adjustment to benefit rates over the next few years.

Farrar responds:

This may be the stupidest and most financially illiterate editorial of the year.   Read more »


And another Farrar kicking for Robbo

Our Pinko arts, travel and fitness blogger mate continues to point out what everybody knew, Grant Robertson is not a finance minister’s arsehole.

Grant Robertson has exclaimed:

The National Government has big questions to answer about how a provider of services to thousands of vulnerable New Zealanders is set to fold, ’s Finance spokesperson Grant Robertson says.

Relationships Aotearoa which provides support and counselling to families, individuals and survivors of domestic violence is set to shut its doors, minus any last minute intervention.

“There are thousands of vulnerable people and families who rely on Relationships Aotearoa for critical services. The government cannot leave them in the lurch.

“Like other non-governmental organisations, Relationships Aotearoa has been seriously underfunded in recent years. It has been asked to do more with less and the strain has clearly started to tell.

This is typical Labour. If an NGO has financial issues, then the answer is the taxpayer must throw more money at them. In the same breath they expect us to believe they would ever have lowered the deficit.     Read more »

Nearly 20% of all children continue to be born into welfare dependency

Lindsay Mitchell blogs:

If there is one statistic that epitomises the state of modern family under decades of benefit influence it’s the following.

Each year I put the same question to MSD (adjusting dates obviously):

At December 31, 2014, how many benefit recipients aged 16-64 had a dependent child born in 2014?

This time the answer  is 11,149 – or 19.4% of all children born in 2014. Still nearly one in five.

While there is gradual and steady improvement (below are the percentages for the last 10 years) the pattern remains well entrenched (largely independent of the economy), a point I have made repeatedly over the years: Read more »