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Half a million people in debt with Ministry

Friday, 12 October 2018, 9:01 am | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Reports obtained through the Official Information Act revealed that as of March 2018, half a million people are in debt with the Ministry of Social Development, with the total debt being $1.5 billion. Most of the debt comes from overpayments and recoverable ... More >>

AAAP to rally at welfare consultation meetings

Friday, 5 October 2018, 4:36 pm | Auckland Action Against Poverty

The Government’s Welfare Expert Advisory Group (WEAG) is running community consultations around the country, where people are able to voice their vision for the future of the welfare system. On Monday, 8th of October, at 10am , the WEAG is having its South ... More >>

Bill risks entrenching failed Social Investment approach

Thursday, 4 October 2018, 7:42 pm | Auckland Action Against Poverty

The National Party has come out in support of the Labour’s Child Poverty Reduction Bill, which is supposed to help the Government measure poverty better by setting measures that the Government would be held accountable to over a period of years. ... More >>

AAAP welcomes Green Party’s welfare policy

Sunday, 30 September 2018, 11:46 am | Auckland Action Against Poverty

The Green Party launched a renewed call for welfare reform today, acknowledging that all benefit sanctions need removing and benefit levels substantially increased, which are currently below the poverty line. Auckland Action Against Poverty welcomes the ... More >>

Public housing tenancy review changes should apply to all

Wednesday, 26 September 2018, 7:44 pm | Auckland Action Against Poverty

The Minister for Housing and Urban Development, Phil Twyford, announced today that changes would be made to public housing tenancy reviews, exempting a set of public housing tenants from three-year reviews. While Auckland Action Against Poverty recognizes ... More >>

AAAP calls on WINZ to stop prying into people’s sex life

Wednesday, 26 September 2018, 8:37 am | Auckland Action Against Poverty

An OIA report from The Ministry of Social Development shows that, in the year to March 2017, over 11,000 calls were made to a dedicated hot line enabling people to anonymously accuse beneficiaries of benefit fraud. As a result, almost 6,000 benefit ... More >>

Meth eviction compensations don’t account for social harm

Thursday, 20 September 2018, 10:27 am | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Housing Minister Phil Twyford, alongside HNZ officials, announced this morning that people wrongly penalised for meth contamination in their state home are to be given compensation and a formal apology. The compensation is to be between $2,500-$3,000 ... More >>

MSD report highlights failure of jobseeker sanctions

Thursday, 13 September 2018, 10:09 am | Auckland Action Against Poverty

A Ministry of Social Development report released yesterday shows that almost half of people going off the benefit returned to Work and Income within 18 months. Additionally, the report shows that a third of the people exiting a benefit are earning less than ... More >>

HNZ borrowing highlights Government’s fiscal policy failings

Friday, 31 August 2018, 1:30 pm | Auckland Action Against Poverty

The Government recently ignored advice from Treasury urging Housing New Zealand to borrow centrally to build new state homes, to avoid the high interests rates and additional risk incurred from borrowing elsewhere. The Government’s decision to ... More >>

Government’s review of Residential Tenancy Act shortsighted

Monday, 27 August 2018, 11:28 am | Auckland Action Against Poverty

The public is being asked for feedback on a set of potential amendments to the Residential Tenancy Act, which the Government claims will make life better for renters. The discussion document fails to consider the biggest driver of the country’s renting crisis, ... More >>

Government work scheme risks becoming corporate subsidy

Friday, 10 August 2018, 12:22 pm | Auckland Action Against Poverty

The Government recently announced the Mana in Mahi scheme, which aims to subsidise employers taking in 18-24 year olds who have been on the benefit for six months. The scheme will subsidise employers the equivalent to the benefit, topping it up ... More >>

Simon Bridges’ rhetoric on welfare is irresponsible

Monday, 23 July 2018, 1:48 pm | Auckland Action Against Poverty

National Party leader Simon Bridges, during an interview with The AM Show, recently vowed to reinstate any sanctions the Labour-led Government removes if they were to get back into power. Auckland Action Against Poverty condemns Simon Bridges’ rhetoric, ... More >>

AAAP calls on Housing Minister to protect tenants

Thursday, 12 July 2018, 12:25 pm | Auckland Action Against Poverty

AAAP calls on Housing Minister to protect tenants Auckland Action Against Poverty has today voiced support for a Plan to Fix Renting and calls on the Housing Minister to introduce new measures to control rent prices and end price-gouging by landlords. ... More >>

Calls for MSD to end debt prosecutions against beneficiaries

Tuesday, 3 July 2018, 4:35 pm | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Auckland Action Against Poverty welcomes the High Court’s decision that says that loans are not income for social security purposes and joins Child Poverty Action Group and law experts calling on the Minister of Social Development to immediately ... More >>

WINZ and IRD combine to wrongly demand debt repayments

Wednesday, 27 June 2018, 8:58 am | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Parents who have had Family Tax Credit payments administered by Work and Income are now receiving letters from the Inland Revenue Department demanding re-payment of alleged debts arising from errors made by Work and Income. More >>

Homeless count needs to be coupled with funding boost

Thursday, 21 June 2018, 11:46 am | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff’s announcement to count every homeless person in Auckland must be met with a commitment by local and central Government to further increase funding for public housing initiatives in order to genuinely end homelessness. Auckland ... More >>

Welfare working group fodder for immediate changes

Monday, 28 May 2018, 11:18 am | Auckland Action Against Poverty

The Welfare Expert Advisory Group announced this morning by the Labour led Government must not be used as a fodder to delay any immediate and urgent action on our broken welfare system. While Auckland Action Against Poverty welcomes a wider long-term ... More >>

Protest outside of Jacinda Ardern’s Office

Friday, 18 May 2018, 8:50 am | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Auckland Action Against Poverty will be hosting a peaceful protest outside of Jacinda Ardern’s electoral office this Friday, 18th of May, to call for an end on benefit sanctions against solo parents. Media are invited to attend. More >>

The Government’s Budget fails people on benefits

Thursday, 17 May 2018, 3:23 pm | Auckland Action Against Poverty

The Labour led Government budget failed to deliver any meaningful changes to sole parents receiving a benefit. Their incomes will remain at poverty levels, and many will continue facing punitive sanctions. Given Labour has previously agreed to remove ... More >>

Police Minister scapegoating gang members

Monday, 7 May 2018, 11:58 am | Auckland Action Against Poverty

In a recent interview on the Nation Police Minister Stuart Nash suggested targeting gang members on the benefit who may be suspected of benefit fraud, in an attempt to “go after” them with whatever means possible. Auckland Action Against Poverty ... More >>

   

 

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