The PM is right, there is help out there

The PM has told those people whinging to the Media party about their housing predicament to go see aid agencies, like WINZ.

Prime Minister John Key has advised those who are homeless or living in garages to go and see Work and Income.

His comments come after social housing groups and community workers have called on the government to increase their supply of affordable housing.

There have been reports families in Auckland have been forced to rent garages and shipping containers, with the Salvation Army estimating one in ten Auckland garages is rented out to a family.

Social agencies say the number of families living out of their cars has grown.

Increasing the supply of “affordable” housing sounds wonderful, but it will take months if not years to do that, especially with an Auckland Council dragging their feet in freeing up land.

Key told RNZ that families in these “dire” situations should go and see Work and Income.

“Auckland is a growing city and providing emergency support, or providing that low cost accommodation, has always been very difficult because of the structure of Housing New Zealand where people move into a home and fundamentally in many cases don’t move out.”

The Government had allocated $41million over four years to social housing.

Key talked about putting “controversial” time limits on Housing New Zealand rentals to help supply.

“At least at some point we go and have a look and see whether it would be better that the family moved on because they could afford to do that, or their circumstances changed.”

We have welfare in NZ and even the family living in their late model Holden with leather seats would qualify for assistance on their $600 per week of wages. With accomodation supplements and other welfare payments like Working for Families there is no real reason for them to be living in a car.

Key is right though, these people need to go get help. If they aren’t getting help when asking for it then I suspect that, like many other Media party stories , we aren’t being told the full truth of their situation.

 

– NZ Herald


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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.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

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