Simon Collins’ wet dream: a budget that doesn’t fix child poverty

Simon Collins has had his wet dreams realised. A budget that doesn’t fix child poverty.

Especially since child poverty is defined as a percentage of the median wage, it is practically unsolvable….which allows him to pimp some more poor whinging bludgers.

Child poverty advocates say the Budget provides no relief for families struggling to cope with high rents and low incomes.

Interesting term…’child poverty advocates’…are they really in favour of child poverty?

Child Poverty Action Group economist Dr Susan St John said she was hoping for improvements in housing subsidies and family tax credits, but the Budget provided neither of them.

Instead, the Government is quietly implementing changes announced in 2011 to lower the income limit for the maximum family tax credits from $36,827 to $35,000 a year, and to raise the rate at which the credits are reduced from 20c to 25c for every extra dollar earned above the limit.  

“So in terms of family incomes, Working for Families is virtually ignored, so the policies that that were set in 2011 are just continuing to work their way through, eroding the value of Working for Families,” Dr St John said.

“The other thing is that there is no commitment to acknowledging the massive failure of the design of Working for Families by excluding the poorest families from the [in-work tax credit of] $72.50.”

The in-work credit is paid only to two-parent families who work at least 30 hours a week between them and to sole parents who work at least 20 hours.

Susan St John will never be happy. She is one of those who goes through life looking at the glass as half empty instead of half full. She is miserable by nature and I don’t doubt her drink of preference is sour lemon juice.

The Budget also failed to increase the maximum rates of accommodation subsidies, which have not changed since April 2005. Many families, especially in Auckland, are now receiving the maximum subsidy so they get no relief from any further rent increase.

Dr St John said housing subsidies needed a complete overhaul.

“There is nothing in the Budget. It doesn’t even tinker with housing policy,” she said.

“Fundamentally the housing market with all this speculative activity is what needs to be properly addressed. Unless we deal with that root cause, we are just pouring fuel on the fire to increase the accommodation supplement.”

The state can and will fix all is her mantra…just so long as you all want to live in Soviet style tower blocks.

Simon Collins will have sticky Y-fronts until at least Saturday morning when he will work out along with his other socialist pals that the electorate thinks the budget is just fine thanks.

But using the metric these pricks have devised child poverty will never be addressed, even if you gave every man, woman and child $100,000 per annum.

 

– NZ Herald

 


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  • shykiwibloke

    These socialists are free to move to Venezuela anytime they choose. Trouble is majority of Venezuelans would prefer our poverty over their own.

    • Wheninrome

      Would $5000.00 cover the airfare for a family, might have to top it up or charter the aeroplane for all those lefties keen to get to utopia.

      • shykiwibloke

        Love the idea! Of course those leaving would have to sell their house to avoid being foreign trust holders, and encouraged to sell their homes at below market value to be affordable. Got to put their money where their mouth is.

  • Doc45

    It is simply a bare faced lie to say there was nothing in the budget for low income families. A little rhetoric maybe OK but lying, no thanks.

  • Christie

    The whole point of Working for Families was to assist families with working parents – to stop the temptation to just go on the dole, because they weren’t getting any more money by working. So the In-Work credit, by definition, is for people who are IN Work. People on benefits already receive their legal entitlement. This is crazy stuff.

  • Observer

    I’d take the likes of Susan St John more seriously if she advocated for family planning and provision of contraception. That has historically been one of the best ways for people to escape poverty.

  • metalnwood

    $35k is nearly 80% of the median nz income, so even by their own stupid measurements, how could those people be in poverty already?

  • Mick Ie

    I’ve personally been and seen the Soviet Tower Blocks prior to 1989 and they were revolting, and there are damn good reasons why the Wall came down. Socialism/Communism didn’t work then, won’t work now and never will. I’m convinced there must be a malfunction somewhere in their thought process for them to think so differently from the majority.

    • Brian Dingwall

      That’s not quite the left’s view of Nirvana, they want 1% (them of course) making all the decisions for everyone and everything, 1% (the rich pricks) making all the money they will take by coercion, and 98% (the rest of us) on welfare….and totally dependent on their benificence for life.

  • Whitey

    I would rather the government got rid of WFF entirely, but erosion is better than nothing. These changes make me happy, because unlike Susan St John, I’m a glass half full type of person.

    I also want to know what specific actions the Child Poverty Action Group have taken so far this year to reduce child poverty, or do they just whinge and pontificate?

  • JustanObserver

    When will these bleeding-heart pansies understand that …
    I work for my money, to support me and my family in the style we want.
    Not to provide a lifestyle to people who have made poor choices, or are too lazy to work for themselves.
    These people want to be … ‘Demand’ that they are, entitled to the same level of access to internet, phones, television, housing, heating, clothing, food, childcare, holidays that I work 9 hours every day to EARN.
    If the ‘do-gooders’ think that NZ can do more to support them I suggest they really need to wake-up and smell the rotting and decaying pile of ‘Prime-Angus Faecal Matter’

  • Rick H

    >>But using the metric these pricks have devised child poverty will never be addressed, even if you gave every man, woman and child $100,000 per annum.<<

    If that happened, there would be zero rich pricks, and zero poverty.
    But, the really "poor" people, with 8 kids, would get 1 million dollars collectively as a family.
    My current family would only get $200,000 .
    ON the other hand, if every man, woman and child was paid $15,000 per annum, using the same criteria, there would still be zero poverty –
    – when in reality, there would be almost 5 million kiwis poorer than anyone is now.

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