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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 >>

Minimum wage increase overdue

Wednesday, 19 December 2018, 1:19 pm | Auckland Action Against Poverty

The Government announced that it will be increasing the minimum wage from $16.50 to $17.70 per hour, as part of a move by the Labour led Government towards making the minimum wage $20.00 per hour by 2021. Auckland Action Against Poverty welcomes ... More >>

Māori and Pasifika children more vulnerable

Monday, 10 December 2018, 10:16 am | Auckland Action Against Poverty

The Child Poverty Monitor 2018 released today shows one in five kids are facing food deprivation. The report also highlights that Māori and Pasifika families are at least twice as likely to have kids facing food deprivation. While only about 15% ... More >>

Child poverty report a call for urgent welfare reform

Monday, 10 December 2018, 9:06 am | Auckland Action Against Poverty

The Child Poverty Monitor 2018 report points out one in five kids are living without access to food. People on the benefit were disproportionately affected, with the report highlighting many were spending more than half of their income on rent, leaving ... More >>

Government needs to house meth test evicted tenants

Monday, 3 December 2018, 10:41 am | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Minister Phil Twyford announced that the first batch of recipients have been receiving compensation for being evicted from their Housing New Zealand homes because of faulty meth tests. The compensation will be $8,000 on average, and 52 people from the 800 ... More >>

Rapid rent increases a product of bipartisan inaction

Monday, 19 November 2018, 6:52 pm | Auckland Action Against Poverty

The median nationwide rent has gone up $20 a week over the past two month , a rapid increase that is part of an upward trend overseen by both Labour and National Governments. Auckland Action Against Poverty condemns successive National and Labour Governments ... More >>

Tauranga rough sleeping ban vote callous

Friday, 16 November 2018, 10:47 am | Auckland Action Against Poverty

The Tauranga council voted in favour of a bylaw banning begging and rough sleeping within 5m of public entrances to retail and hospitality premises in Tauranga, Mount Maunganui and Greerton. Auckland Action Against Poverty condemns the move by the ... More >>

HNZ does not know how many homeless due to meth tests

Monday, 12 November 2018, 7:28 am | Auckland Action Against Poverty

In an interview with One News, Housing New Zealand admitted to not knowing how many people are still homeless after being evicted because of faulty meth contamination testing . Auckland Action Against Poverty condemns Housing New Zealand for their ... More >>

Poverty measurements important but action is still needed.

Thursday, 1 November 2018, 1:52 pm | Auckland Action Against Poverty

The Government’s Child Poverty Reduction Bill has passed its second reading in Parliament today. The Bill aims to establish benchmarks for child poverty rates, and entrenches the social investment approach by the previous Government. Auckland ... More >>

Privatisation of public land a broken promise by Government

Wednesday, 31 October 2018, 4:51 pm | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Privatisation of public land a broken promise by Government Despite the Labour Party repeatedly campaigning to stop any sales of state homes, a 8094 square metre site in Mt Albert, Auckland, is being sold by Housing New Zealand through Bayleys Real ... More >>

Meth compensation blunder cruel and shortsighted

Tuesday, 30 October 2018, 8:28 am | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Housing Minister Phil Twyford recently admitted to only becoming aware last week that the compensation planned for tenants who were evicted over flawed methamphetamine testing would cause them to lose their benefit entitlements, prompting the Government ... More >>

KiwiBuild part of the problem, not the solution

Saturday, 27 October 2018, 11:59 am | Auckland Action Against Poverty

MEDIA RELEASE – FOR IMMEDIATE USE 27/10/2018 AUCKLAND ACTION AGAINST POVERTY KiwiBuild part of the problem, not the solution The Labour-led Government ran a PR stunt today to celebrate the first few families that would move into the first 18 KiwiBuild homes. ... More >>

   

 

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