Welfare reforms kick in today, Herald starts campaign on behalf of losers

The governments welfare reforms kick in today.

Thousands of people are expected to be chopped off welfare benefits as sweeping changes in the social security system come into force today.

The reforms represent the biggest upheaval in the welfare state since the Social Security Act was passed by the first Labour Government in 1938.

All sickness beneficiaries, and sole parents and widows with no children under 14, are now subject to the same requirement to look for fulltime work as other jobless people, although sickness may be accepted as a valid reason to postpone work temporarily.

Other new obligations include drug-testing for jobseekers in relevant industries, which is expected to trigger benefit cuts for up to 5800 people, and a requirement for beneficiaries to clear outstanding arrest warrants.

About 8000 beneficiaries have arrest warrants outstanding for issues such as unpaid fines. Unless they clear them within 38 days, their benefits will be halved if they have children, or stopped completely if they don’t, in what is likely to be the biggest single purge of the benefit rolls since the system was created.  

As is usual from the Herald they have rounded up carious handwringers to wail about the changes. You know when Simon Collins writes an article that it will contain several losers crying a river of tears.

The co-ordinator of the Pikorua Community House in a low-income part of Papakura, Michelle Neho, said many people with outstanding warrants would go back to drug-dealing rather than pay their fines.

Oh right, so we shouldn’t try and reform welfare because some drop kicks might go back to drug-dealing?

Herald investigation into how the changes will affect people’s lives in Papakura, as a case study of a high-welfare area, has found widespread fear of the reforms even among those who are supposed to be exempted from the work-search requirements.

“A lot of people are scared about the warrants to arrest,” Ms Neho said. “There’s a lot of people that have thousands of dollars of fines outstanding.” Some would rather come off the benefit than pay all their fines.

They are bludgers, a cancer on society. They owe fines, have warrants for arrest and this drop-kick wants to cuddle the scum that are feeding off the welfare state. It is good that they are scared of warrants to arrest. Best they get it sorted out then.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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