Paula Bennett’s old job was done so well, she got promoted to Deputy PM. Except in reality it was done so poorly, Amy Adams is now having to face the music.
The official waiting list for social housing has risen again to nearly 4800 households, nearly half of whom are in Auckland.
The waiting list is now at its highest level since it was transferred to Work and Income in mid-2014.
Figures released by new Social Housing Minister Amy Adams today show the number of people on the list jumped by 169 in the last three months of 2016 to 4771 – an increase of 3.7 per cent. Over the last year, the list grew by 37.3 per cent.
The increase was driven mostly by demand in Auckland, where the list grew by 153 people to 2060. The biggest increases were in South Auckland suburbs such as Mangere, Otara and Manurewa.
The waiting list also grew in Hamilton, but fell in other main centres such as Christchurch and Wellington.
John Key was quite keen to see this area sorted before the elections, but it remains to be seen if Bill English will empower Adams to do anything about it. Paula Bennett became the minister of Announcing solutions, but all of these had 2-4 year realisation periods. Read more »