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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 >>

Policies for the Poor (Finally!)

Tuesday, 8 November 2011, 2:32 pm | Beneficiary Advisory Service

“I don’t care if it is an election promise (as long as it happens)” says Rebecca Occleston, speaker for Beneficiary Advisory Service (BAS). “It’s nice to see child poverty actually being an election issue this year. Well done Child Poverty ... More >>

Money over Compassion

Tuesday, 6 September 2011, 12:50 pm | Beneficiary Advisory Service

I just read the article in the New Zealand Herald (Monday 5th September 2011) “Tapu Misa: Cuts hurt kids instead of making parents work” and agreed wholeheartedly with what she was saying about children living in poverty hurting the country financially ... More >>

Youth Benefits

Tuesday, 16 August 2011, 5:11 pm | Beneficiary Advisory Service

The idea that National intends to take away many rights from young adults and young parents may not come as a big surprise but it still scares the hell out of me! There is no provision that I can see for parents wanting to raise their children full-time. ... More >>

Contradictions and Crassness

Tuesday, 31 May 2011, 11:54 am | Beneficiary Advisory Service

Did anyone else notice the insane contradictions in the WWG’s suggestions for single parents? More >>

Teen Mother Prison State

Tuesday, 22 February 2011, 10:40 am | Beneficiary Advisory Service

“I was appalled by the recent interim recommendations of the Welfare Working Group (WWG) suggesting the Government require teen parents under 18 to live with their parents or a responsible adult, and requiring the teens to immunise their babies, ... More >>

Hypocritical and Unrealistic

Thursday, 16 December 2010, 3:46 pm | Beneficiary Advisory Service

I am disappointed and angry at the Government’s words about the cuts to early childhood funding reported in the article Parents face $80 a week fees shock by Elizabeth Binning in the New Zealand Herald 1st December 2010. More >>

“Benefit Dependence”

Tuesday, 30 November 2010, 3:43 pm | Beneficiary Advisory Service

The Welfare Working Group is worried about benefit dependence and quotes statistics trying to scare the public into fearing people on benefits and how much it will cost the Government (and tax-payers money). However, it seems to be concentrating on one ... More >>