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Beneficiary Advisory Service Pleased by Goverment Direction

Thursday, 16 November 2017, 9:13 am | Beneficiary Advisory Service

“We are very pleased to see the new Government intends to scrap the 70A deduction which cuts the benefit of people refusing or unable to name the other parent,” says Rebecca Occleston speaker for Beneficiary Advisory Service, Christchurch. “This ... More >>

Attitudes and Assumptions

Wednesday, 8 November 2017, 1:15 pm | Beneficiary Advisory Service

Last month, Rebecca Occleston of Beneficiary Advisory Service released an article entitled Working and Welfare. As a follow up to this, she is now presenting Attitudes and Assumptions. More >>

Working and Welfare: how do they mix?

Tuesday, 31 October 2017, 1:13 pm | Beneficiary Advisory Service

Rebecca Occleston of Beneficiary Advisory Service states that she read another article recently on “Generous welfare benefits make people more likely to want to work, not less” and she agrees with this statement. More >>


Thursday, 10 August 2017, 11:28 am | Beneficiary Advisory Service

“We at BAS are saddened to hear that Metiria Turei has made the decision to stand down as Co-leader of the Green Party, and to remove herself from the Green Party List,” says Rebecca Occleston, publicity coordinator for Beneficiary Advisory Service ... More >>

Income Policies Finally Focussing on Poor

Thursday, 27 July 2017, 10:34 am | Beneficiary Advisory Service

“We were very pleased to see some much-needed Welfare Policies proposed by the Green Party this last weekend,” says Rebecca Occleston, publicity coordinator for Beneficiary Advisory Service in Christchurch. More >>

Is it okay for children to suffer in poverty?

Friday, 19 August 2016, 11:59 am | Beneficiary Advisory Service

“I find many people are shocked by the poverty of others, but still blame the poor themselves!” says Rebecca Occleston of Beneficiary Advisory Service, Christchurch. “Why don’t they feed their children better? Why should we have to? (and other ... More >>

BAS has moved

Friday, 19 August 2016, 11:58 am | Beneficiary Advisory Service

We have great news: Beneficiary Advisory Service has moved office into Christchurch Community House (at 301 Tuam St). We look forward to all the opportunities this will afford – being close to so many other community groups. We hope the ease of access ... More >>

Beneficiaries will Miss Out

Thursday, 19 November 2015, 11:12 am | Beneficiary Advisory Service

Hundreds of thousands of people have had their benefits paid a day late because the Ministry of Social Development has administered the law incorrectly since 3 June 1998. This ‘mistake’ was revealed in September and since then thousands have ... More >>

Answers to Poverty

Tuesday, 9 June 2015, 12:02 pm | Beneficiary Advisory Service

There’s no point saying to someone with little to no education “Just get a well-paid job and you’ll be fine!” What we need to do is ensure that as children, (poor) people are educated and given the same opportunities as everyone else. Then, as a ... More >>

Human Poverty in NZ – it’s no joke!

Wednesday, 2 April 2014, 11:05 am | Beneficiary Advisory Service

Today was April Fools’ Day, many children (of all ages!) are running round playing silly practical jokes on others – I guess people have to find fun in their life where they can. More >>

Voting – a Valentine’s Day Special

Friday, 14 February 2014, 2:11 pm | Beneficiary Advisory Service

While some of us celebrate this traditional Day of Love with a Significant Other or date and others of us rage against tradition or bemoan the fact we have no current romantic love, others of us count our blessings that we still have family to love ... More >>

Don’t Let the Bastards Get You Down!

Friday, 20 December 2013, 9:06 am | Beneficiary Advisory Service

“With changes to Welfare Law and Employment Law, matters have become increasingly worse for those at the bottom,” says Rebecca Occleston, speaker for Beneficiary Advisory Service (BAS) in Christchurch. “In our country at the moment, there are ... More >>

Working Parents

Tuesday, 26 November 2013, 4:18 pm | Beneficiary Advisory Service

“We have pointed out many times some of the issues that make it hard for single parents to work,” says Rebecca Occleston, speaker for Beneficiary Advisory Service (BAS) in Christchurch. “However, as the Government has obviously not listened yet, ... More >>

Poverty, Fraud & Fairness

Wednesday, 11 September 2013, 3:52 pm | Beneficiary Advisory Service

There was a debate on “The Vote” earlier in the year with the subject Parenting v Poverty – what was the problem? “There was a huge lack of understanding of the principles involved by some on the show and viewers. The best line from it was: ... More >>

Choices and benefits

Friday, 14 September 2012, 11:23 am | Beneficiary Advisory Service

We have seen the announcement that the Government has made about what people on benefits with children will have to comply with to retain their benefits. “Scary stuff!” says Rebecca Occleston, speaker for Beneficiary Advisory Service. “I ... More >>

Patronising Food Issues

Thursday, 23 August 2012, 1:48 pm | Beneficiary Advisory Service

Paula Bennett has stated she found herself pregnant at 17 but “I didn’t plan it”. Yet she assumes many other young beneficiaries DID plan this course of action. More >>

Welfare Board Should Not Be Run As A Business

Thursday, 17 May 2012, 11:42 am | Beneficiary Advisory Service

There is a collection of National Advocacy Groups in NZ including Beneficiary Advisory Service (BAS) in Christchurch. We used to consult for the Ministry on Policy matters. When we did this, we were not paid for this work because the Ministry knew we would ... More >>

Health Care And Beneficiaries

Wednesday, 16 May 2012, 6:57 pm | Beneficiary Advisory Service

The Government is proposing to make benefits dependent on the perceived good behaviour of the beneficiary! More >>

Beneficiary Budget Matters and Contraception

Wednesday, 9 May 2012, 12:53 pm | Beneficiary Advisory Service

“I was a bit disturbed by the Government calling for increased attendance in Early Childhood. We do not have a problem with non-attendance here!” says Rebecca Occleston, Speaker for Beneficiary Advisory Service, a Community Organisation in Christchurch ... More >>

Submission on the Social Security Amendment Bill

Monday, 23 April 2012, 12:10 pm | Beneficiary Advisory Service

1 The Beneficiary Advisory Service (“BAS”) strongly opposes this legislation and urges the select committee to reject it. More >>



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