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Out Of The Mouths Of Babes

Sunday, 9 August 2020, 3:03 pm | Lindsay Mitchell

Our Prime Minister entered parliament vowing to make New Zealand, "...the best place in the world to raise children." Even before Covid she had over two years to advance this goal. She said she devised a plan to reduce child poverty on a flatmate's ... More >>

Almost 12,000 More Children On Benefits

Wednesday, 26 February 2020, 8:52 am | Lindsay Mitchell

Data released under the Official Information Act today reveals almost 12,000 more children are dependent on welfare benefits since December 2017. "At 31 December 2019 there were 206,395 children aged 0-18 reliant on caregiver on a main benefit ... More >>

Benefit numbers continue upward trend

Thursday, 23 January 2020, 11:10 am | Lindsay Mitchell

The number of people on benefits has shot up 5 percent in the last year. More >>

Paid Parental Leave Extension Unwarranted

Thursday, 12 December 2013, 10:19 am | Lindsay Mitchell

The government is reportedly reconsidering its opposition to extending Paid Parental Leave from 14 to 26 weeks. This comes despite Treasury advice that there would be "minimal benefit from increasing the length of parental leave." More >>


Friday, 25 October 2013, 10:27 am | Lindsay Mitchell

Recent research by the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) has been found faulty. CPAG's analysis of Child Youth and Family child abuse data claimed, "The data suggests there is no correlation between benefit receipt and child maltreatment". More >>

MSD Downplays Link Between Welfare Status And Child Abuse

Friday, 30 August 2013, 11:09 am | Lindsay Mitchell

The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) has released statistical information that details the overlap between children's contact with the benefit system, and care and protection or youth justice services. More >>

One in Five Babies Born 2012 on Welfare by Year-End

Thursday, 21 March 2013, 9:10 am | Lindsay Mitchell

Data released under the Official Information Act shows that 21.2 percent of babies born in 2012 were dependent on a caregiver receiving a welfare benefit by the end of the same year. More >>

22 Percent of Babies Born in 2011 on Welfare by Year-End

Monday, 28 May 2012, 9:42 am | Lindsay Mitchell

Welfare commentator Lindsay Mitchell said that data released to her under the official Information Act show that 22.2 percent of babies born in 2011 were dependent on a caregiver receiving a benefit by the end of the same year. More >>

Labour's Welfare Policy Diametrically Opposed to Previous

Monday, 7 November 2011, 9:26 pm | Lindsay Mitchell

Labour's welfare policy, announced today, promises to extend the In Work Tax Credit (IWTC) to all beneficiary parents. More >>

23% Babies Born 2010 On Benefit By Year End

Tuesday, 11 October 2011, 9:41 am | Lindsay Mitchell

Data released to welfare commentator Lindsay Mitchell show that 23 percent of the babies born in 2010 were reliant on a benefit by the end of that year. More >>

MSD Boss Admits Benefits Not Best for Kids

Tuesday, 4 October 2011, 12:51 pm | Lindsay Mitchell

The outgoing chief executive of the Ministry of Social Development has at last acknowledged the findings of research conducted almost ten years ago. This is a welcome but long overdue admission said welfare commentator Lindsay Mitchell. More >>

Welfare Reform Proposals Do Not Go Far Enough

Sunday, 14 August 2011, 3:41 pm | Lindsay Mitchell

The welfare reform proposals that relate to young people on benefits announced today don't go far enough, welfare commentator Lindsay Mitchell said today. More >>

Methodist Attack on WWG Misguided

Monday, 21 March 2011, 11:55 am | Lindsay Mitchell

The Christchurch Methodist Mission has published a misguided and unwarranted attack on the work of the government-established Welfare Working Group. Welfare commentator Lindsay Mitchell said today that the four page pamphlet The Facts about welfare in ... More >>

Alternative Group Reminds Us Why Welfare Is In A Mess

Friday, 10 December 2010, 10:30 am | Lindsay Mitchell

The demands made yesterday by the Alternative Welfare Working Group only serve to remind New Zealanders why welfare is in such a mess. More >>

Labour Promises Built on Faulty Premises

Monday, 18 October 2010, 9:55 am | Lindsay Mitchell

Addressing this weekend's Labour Party Conference, Deputy Leader and Welfare Spokesperson, Annette King, singled out the domestic purposes benefit as a policy that would change under their new 'putting children first' philosophy. More >>

Treasury Finds Greatest Opportunity For Reform

Tuesday, 5 October 2010, 12:29 pm | Lindsay Mitchell

A Treasury report prepared for the Welfare Working Group has correctly identified that the greatest opportunity for welfare reform lies with the Domestic Purposes Benefit, says welfare commentator Lindsay Mitchell. More >>

Extent of DPB Dependence Surprises Ministry

Monday, 16 August 2010, 2:53 pm | Lindsay Mitchell

The Ministry of Social Development has just published research that finds the length of time sole parents stay on the Domestic Purposes Benefit is greater than previously thought. More >>

23 Percent of Babies on Benefit by Year-End

Friday, 23 July 2010, 10:59 am | Lindsay Mitchell

Data released under the Official Information Act shows that by the end of December 2009 14,394 babies born that year were being supported by a main benefit. Welfare commentator Lindsay Mitchell said, "That represents around 23 percent of babies born ... More >>

Report Highlights the Value of Work

Tuesday, 25 May 2010, 2:46 pm | Lindsay Mitchell

A paper will be launched in Auckland today by The Royal Australasian College of Physicians entitled, 'Realising the Health Benefits of Work'. According to welfare commentator Lindsay Mitchell the report claims that two thirds of sickness absence and long-term ... More >>

Welfare Reforms a Re-Hash

Wednesday, 24 March 2010, 10:01 am | Lindsay Mitchell

The National Government's welfare reforms aimed at reducing the cycle of welfare dependency and branded as Future Focus , have either been tried before or are a continuation of current practice dressed up as a new approach, according to welfare commentator ... More >>





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