Paula Bennett’s incompetence is being exposed by an incompetent Labour – how embarrasing

You have to wonder what Murray and Bill have on John for him to keep Paula Bennet around, when she is making stuff up after stuff up.

If you thought that Paul Foster-Bell’s staff turnover was bad, you should check out Bennett’s.

But she’s got herself in a pickle again with silly statements about homeless people.

Mind you, Maiki Sherman is an activist. I wouldn’t mind betting she will be a new media star recruited for Labour next year.

Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett is challenging Ministry of Social Development (MSD) data which shows the average time it takes them to house the homeless.

According to MSD figures the average length is around 155 days. But when quizzed on this, Ms Bennett said the numbers weren’t accurate and it was the fault of the ministry.

“That’s not actually correct. As I’ve dug deeper into that, what we’re discovering is that it also counts a whole lot of people who’ve been inactive, so for whatever reason they’ve had a change of circumstances, we’ve been unable to get hold of them.

“As a consequence they’re still on the list, but not actively looking for a house.”

She says even if people aren’t actively looking for a house, their application isn’t cancelled.

“We keep counting those days, they might go off and come back on and so that accumulation is a lot longer than what I think it is,” Ms Bennett says.  

“I don’t think it’s the individual’s fault, I blame the department because they should be counting more accurately and have this information available.”

Labour’s social development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni says the minister is making excuses.

“The minister’s seven days that she says is the average in terms of a person being homeless is completely out of sync with what we’re seeing on a daily basis and completely out of sync with her own numbers.

“I think it shows the Government is completely overwhelmed by the housing crisis and yet they’re still deny we’re facing a housing crisis.”

Homeless figures also show that around 124 of those waiting for a home have at least one child.

For those who are homeless and looking for a place to live, Prime Minister John Key’s advice is still for them to see Work and Income.

The focus on homelessness also raising questions about the effective use of state housing.

Figures given to Newshub also show there are 2320 three-bedroom houses are currently occupied by a single person. That means over 4640 bedrooms are empty.

Interestingly, in the video they mention that thousands of three-bedroom state houses are each occupied by a single occupant. The implication is that these people should be rehomed, and that is correct – they should be. But the Media party will roll out their legions of crybabies exclaiming that it has been their home for 40 years and now the heartless government is moving them out.

The government can’t win. If they boot out single people from multi-room houses then they get attacked, and they are getting attacked for the current crisis because the houses aren’t being properly used.

The opposition is all over this, but they will be first in line to defend some old bludger who is about to be tossed out so a bigger family can move in.

If I was the government I’d stop talking to Newshub after the way they’ve been carrying on.

 – Newshub

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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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