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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 >>

Capital Gains Tax bare minimum to start reducing wealth gap

Thursday, 21 February 2019, 3:57 pm | Auckland Action Against Poverty

The Tax Working Group recommendations, which include a revenue-neutral Capital Gains Tax, are the absolute bare minimum changes the Government should introduce if it is serious about starting to reduce the gap between the rich and poor. Auckland Action ... More >>

Government inaction sees social housing waiting list spiral

Tuesday, 19 February 2019, 4:38 pm | Auckland Action Against Poverty

The Government has seen the social housing waiting list double since it took power, with over 10,000 people waiting for social housing . Auckland Action Against Poverty condemns the inaction by successive Governments for failing to build enough public ... More >>

Government continues to enable motels to profit from crisis

Tuesday, 19 February 2019, 1:05 pm | Auckland Action Against Poverty

A recent investigation by Stuff , coupled with information obtained through the Ministry of Social Development shows that a single motel which charges up to $1,500 per week per room has received over $3 million worth of Government funds to provide ... More >>

Govt should stop its focus on Kiwibuild

Wednesday, 23 January 2019, 2:15 pm | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Housing Minister Phil Twyford has conceded that the Government is unlikely to meet its Kiwibuild targets of 1,000 new Kiwibuild homes by mid 2019 . Auckland Action Against Poverty is calling on the Government stop its focus on unaffordable private ... More >>

Bridges call for tough sanctions out of touch with evidence

Tuesday, 22 January 2019, 11:59 am | Auckland Action Against Poverty

National Party leader Simon Bridges has called for tougher benefit sanctions after reports by the Ministry of Social Development highlighted that benefit sanctions have dropped due to a change of policy that requires a second pair of eyes before ... More >>

No Govt solution to high rents

Tuesday, 22 January 2019, 8:34 am | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Figures obtained through the Official Information Act shows the Government is spending over $27 million a week helping 292,006 people who are struggling to afford private rentals.. This is up from $20 million a week from last year. More >>

Steep rise in hardship numbers showcases income inadequacy

Thursday, 17 January 2019, 4:36 pm | Auckland Action Against Poverty

The latest Ministry of Social Development December 2018 quarterly report show that a record number of people have received hardship assistance from working and income, with an additional 40,000 hardship payments made between September and December 2018, ... More >>

 

 

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