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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 >>

More Concern on Submission time limits

Saturday, 21 April 2012, 1:55 pm | Beneficiary Advisory Service

Along with just about every other organisation who made a submission to the select committee regarding the proposed legislation (Social Security (Youth Support and Work Focus) Amendment Bill) , Beneficiary Advisory Service (BAS) objected to the ... More >>

Judging Others

Tuesday, 27 March 2012, 11:39 am | Beneficiary Advisory Service

I read a comment on an article recently criticising a woman for having 6 children and then not being able to afford them. This made me think: how do I feel about blaming people for having so many children? More >>

Today’s Lepers

Monday, 13 February 2012, 4:10 pm | Beneficiary Advisory Service

If we are the (non-rich) 99% I can’t quite figure out how National got nearly 50% of the vote in the election last year. Now that a survey has shown that the economy is one of the biggest worries for New Zealanders, shouldn’t we be looking for a ... More >>

What to look out for in Proposed Policies

Friday, 25 November 2011, 2:55 pm | Beneficiary Advisory Service

Due to recent tightening rules in order to get food grants, more people have had to go to food banks when they cannot afford to feed their families. How is this system fair when the Government cuts back and expects the Charities to pick up the slack?! ... More >>

Beneficiary Advisory Service: The “Deserving” Myth

Thursday, 17 November 2011, 3:27 pm | Beneficiary Advisory Service

Looking at an article in the Dominion Post ( Policy cuts off booze but still lacks punch by TRACY WATKINS from 15th August 2011), I noticed a comment stating: I do not have a choice when the state demands my tax contribution so why should those ... More >>



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