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Record number of beneficiaries affected by punitive sanction

Friday, 1 November 2019, 10:20 am | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Benefit sanctions for people with a warrant to arrest are on the rise, with Māori being disproportionately targeted by the Ministry. A record 2,616 people sanctioned in 2018, over 70% were Māori. This is one of the sanctions that the Government’s ... More >>

National Party’s welfare policy out of touch

Wednesday, 30 October 2019, 9:25 am | Auckland Action Against Poverty

“The National Party’s proposal to cut gang’s members benefit if they can’t prove they don’t have illegal income or assets will do nothing to reduce poverty or violence. Giving Work and Income staff discretionary powers to determine who is ... More >>

Inaction on energy hardship hurting beneficiaries

Thursday, 3 October 2019, 1:11 pm | Auckland Action Against Poverty

The Government’s response to the Electricity Price Review will do little to alleviate growing energy hardship that affects low-income communities. Auckland Action Against Poverty is calling for tangible action to reduce power prices, including putting ... More >>

Limited free lunches won’t offer solutions to core issue

Thursday, 29 August 2019, 2:49 pm | Auckland Action Against Poverty

The Government’s announced today that it will trial the provision of free lunches for 30 schools in order to reduce child poverty, hoping to expand it to 120 schools by 2021. Auckland Action Against Poverty welcomes the move towards the provision ... More >>

Tobacco giants lobbying power must be reined in by Govt

Wednesday, 28 August 2019, 1:55 pm | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Auckland Action Against Poverty is calling on the Government to better regulate tobacco giants such as Philip Morris and Imperial Brands following attempts by Philip Morris to aggressively sell vaping products to low-income communities. Philip Morris has ... More >>

Pressure grows on Gov to end drug testing benefit sanctions

Friday, 23 August 2019, 1:24 pm | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Auckland Action Against Poverty joins the Children’s Commissioner , The Green Party , The New Zealand Drugs Foundation , Child Poverty Action Group and other organisations in the calls for an immediate end to the drug testing benefit sanctions. More >>

Ongoing drug-test sanctions contradicts Govt’s rhetoric

Monday, 19 August 2019, 8:06 pm | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Ongoing drug-test sanctions contradicts Government’s rhetoric on drugs Reports that two-thirds of beneficiaries who fail drug tests are still having their benefit sanctioned contradicts the Government’s so-called health approach to drugs. Auckland ... More >>

HNZ tenants left behind by new home standards

Sunday, 30 June 2019, 5:36 pm | Auckland Action Against Poverty

The first part of the Government’s introduction of new standards for rental properties kicks in tomorrow. These new standards will require to have a heater that can heat a living room to 18 degrees, ventilation fans in kitchens and bathrooms, and ceiling ... More >>

‘Rogue landlord’ a product of a broken housing system

Thursday, 6 June 2019, 2:46 pm | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Auckland Action Against Poverty is calling on the landlord found guilty "deliberately and knowingly" failing to lodge 81 tenancy bonds should be banned from leasing future properties, and the case should be a wake-up call for Government to act faster ... More >>

Not Enough Left in the Budget for low-income communities

Monday, 3 June 2019, 3:57 pm | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Auckland Action Against Poverty is hosting a family friendly Community Hui to highlight the lack of meaningful initiatives by Government in this year’s Wellbeing Budget to genuinely address growing levels of poverty and homelessness . The event will ... More >>

Wellbeing budget fails to deliver for beneficiaries

Thursday, 30 May 2019, 3:45 pm | Auckland Action Against Poverty

The wellbeing budget has failed to introduce additional meaningful and immediate measures to improve the wellbeing of beneficiaries’ lives. More >>

AAAP calls on MSD CEO and deputy CEO to resign

Thursday, 16 May 2019, 9:14 pm | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Auckland Action Against Poverty is calling on the CEO and deputy CEO of the Ministry of Social Development to resign following a report by the Privacy Commissioner, which found that the Ministry was unlawfully breaching beneficiaries’ privacy. The report ... More >>

Privacy Commissioner report shows Govt breaching privacy

Thursday, 16 May 2019, 9:38 am | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Privacy Commissioner report shows Govt unlawfully breaching privacy of thousands of beneficiaries More >>

Government ignores most of welfare report recommendations

Friday, 3 May 2019, 3:16 pm | Auckland Action Against Poverty

The Welfare Expert Advisory Group gave a wide range of recommendations on changes needed to the welfare system, including raising core benefit levels up to 47%, removing most sanctions and changes to how people can access their benefit entitlements. Despite ... More >>

AAAP celebrates end to sanctions on sole parents

Friday, 3 May 2019, 2:04 pm | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Auckland Action Against Poverty (AAAP) is celebrating an end to sanctions on sole parents after the Government announced during the Welfare Expert Advisory Group report that they would change the legislation within this term. The sanction detracts up ... More >>

Government inaction on living costs hitting beneficiaries

Monday, 29 April 2019, 12:41 pm | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Statistics New Zealand’s latest report highlights that people on the benefit have been disproportionately hit by increased living costs, compared to New Zealand’s wealthiest. The cost of living for people on the benefit rose 0.6 percent, compared ... More >>

Government upholds status quo over Capital Gains Tax

Wednesday, 17 April 2019, 3:45 pm | Auckland Action Against Poverty

The Government's rejection of a Capital Gains Tax upholds the status quo it promised to change in the lead up to the election and Government formation. Auckland Action Against Poverty condemns the Government's decision to not fix our tax system which ... More >>

Wiping of debt for HNZ tenants step towards justice

Wednesday, 17 April 2019, 1:15 pm | Auckland Action Against Poverty

The Government's announcement that it will wipe the Ministry of Social Development debt accumulated as a result of wrongful evictions because of methamphetamine contamination policies is a step towards justice. Auckland Action Against Poverty welcomes this ... More >>

WINZ Funeral Grants amounts forcing people to cremate

Thursday, 7 March 2019, 12:55 pm | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Auckland Action Against Poverty is calling on the Ministry of Social Development to increase the amount people can obtain through a funeral grant after reports that people are being forced to cremate their lost ones, often against their beliefs, ... More >>

Welfare Expert Advisory Group report should be made public

Tuesday, 26 February 2019, 2:42 pm | Auckland Action Against Poverty

The Welfare Expert Advisory Group (WEAG), tasked with proposing recommendations for changes to the welfare system, has delivered its report to Minister of Social Development Carmel Sepuloni. Despite thousands of people feeding into the report—many ... More >>

 

 

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