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Support for Govt Wealth Redistribution Declining

Tuesday, 23 March 2010, 3:38 pm | Lindsay Mitchell

The latest Massey University produced Social Inequality Survey has revealed falling support for state redistribution of wealth. More >>

Big Rise In Beneficiaries Going To Prison

Thursday, 18 March 2010, 9:54 am | Lindsay Mitchell

Figures released under the Official Information Act show there has been a sharp increase in the number of people who have had their benefits cancelled because they went to prison. More >>

PM Admits Welfare Rolls Out Of Control

Tuesday, 9 February 2010, 4:35 pm | Lindsay Mitchell

In his statement to parliament Prime Minister John Key today said that New Zealand needs to bring welfare rolls "back under control". "Mr Key's assessment of the situation is correct but his prescription for bringing the rolls back under control is not," ... More >>

Record Rise in Sickness Benefit Numbers

Friday, 22 January 2010, 4:41 pm | Lindsay Mitchell

Statistics released today by the Ministry of Social Development show that numbers on the sickness benefit have jumped by 8,000 or 16 percent in the past year*. That is the largest yearly increase recorded since the sickness benefit became available ... More >>

Productivity Report Makes Crucial Recommendations

Monday, 30 November 2009, 5:27 pm | Lindsay Mitchell

Crucial recommendations about the reform of working age welfare contained in the 2025 Taskforce Report must not be ignored, according to welfare commentator, Lindsay Mitchell. "The report says that far too many fit and able New Zealanders are receiving ... More >>

Australia Extends Benefit Quarantining

Saturday, 28 November 2009, 1:37 pm | Lindsay Mitchell

Australia is about to extend the Howard government imposed benefit quarantining beyond Northern Territory Aboriginal communities across urban and regional parts of the state. Other income management trials are also underway in Queensland and Western ... More >>

Benefit Changes Don't Go Far Enough

Monday, 2 November 2009, 11:25 am | Lindsay Mitchell

The government's plans to tighten up on benefit eligibility do not go far enough, according to welfare commentator, Lindsay Mitchell. "Work-testing parents on the DPB when their youngest child turns 6 will encourage those who want to avoid work ... More >>

DPB Growth About "Young Women Having Children"

Friday, 30 October 2009, 10:22 am | Lindsay Mitchell

In its report into economic long-term sustainability released yesterday, Treasury acknowledged that the recent growth in DPB numbers reflects a combination of a temporary rise in the number of young women having children and the impact of the recession. ... More >>

National's Broken Promises

Tuesday, 20 October 2009, 9:39 am | Lindsay Mitchell

Information obtained under the Official Information Act shows that the National government has failed to implement the welfare policy promises it made during the 2008 election campaign. More >>

Liable Parents Foot 7 Percent Of DPB Bill

Monday, 12 October 2009, 1:04 pm | Lindsay Mitchell

In 2008 the Inland Revenue Department transferred $136 million from collected child support payments to the consolidated fund. This money offsets what is paid to custodial parents on benefits. Welfare commentator Lindsay Mitchell says this is a small percentage ... More >>

Delegate Disagrees With Benefit Recommendations

Thursday, 17 September 2009, 1:09 pm | Lindsay Mitchell

A Child Poverty Summit convened by the Every Child Counts organisation has recommended higher core benefit levels. More >>

Over Half Of Adolescents Spent Time On A Benefit

Thursday, 17 September 2009, 10:38 am | Lindsay Mitchell

As many as 55 percent of children reaching adolescence have spent time being supported by a benefit. According to Lindsay Mitchell, welfare commentator, this is the startling finding of research just published by the Ministry of Social Development The study ... More >>

Paid Parental Leave Would Cost At Least $700m

Thursday, 10 September 2009, 10:24 am | Lindsay Mitchell

The Families Commission today called for the government to extend Paid Parental Leave from 14 weeks to 13 months. Welfare commentator Lindsay Mitchell says this move would cost New Zealand at least $672 million a year by 2013. More >>

OECD Warns Against Single-Parent Benefits

Thursday, 3 September 2009, 3:00 pm | Lindsay Mitchell

The OECD has just released a comparative report about child well-being across developed countries. New Zealand is described as having high child poverty rates. Welfare Commentator Lindsay Mitchell said that while some child advocacy groups interpreted that as a ... More >>

Violence Risk much Greater For Female Beneficiaries

Tuesday, 25 August 2009, 12:44 pm | Lindsay Mitchell

Women who are beneficiaries have a four-fold risk of experiencing partner violence according to the New Zealand Crime and Safety Survey 2006, published today as part of the Families Commission report, Family Violence Statistics. More >>

Recession Is No Excuse To Put Work-Testing On Hold

Monday, 24 August 2009, 11:40 am | Lindsay Mitchell

Based on UK developments, welfare commentator, Lindsay Mitchell, is questioning why the National government decided not to introduce work-testing on the DPB, despite campaigning on this promise. "The Minister of Social Development, Paula Bennett, ... More >>

Sue Bradford rejects inconvenient truth about DPB

Monday, 17 August 2009, 10:36 am | Lindsay Mitchell

Green MP Sue Bradford is refusing to accept that the DPB is now responsible for violence towards women. More >>

$50M To Embark On Motherhood Unsupported

Thursday, 30 July 2009, 9:17 am | Lindsay Mitchell

Thousands of young women are using the welfare system to embark on motherhood with no partner or financial support. More >>

Biggest Jump In Dole Numbers Since Late 1980s

Wednesday, 15 July 2009, 4:07 pm | Lindsay Mitchell

Latest benefit statistics just released by the Ministry of Social Development reveal the second largest rise in unemployment benefit receipt since records have been kept. "Not since the financial year 1988/89 has New Zealand seen such a large rise in numbers ... More >>

Over Half Teenage Mothers Go On Welfare

Tuesday, 14 July 2009, 9:59 am | Lindsay Mitchell

New information released by the Ministry of Social Development shows that more than half of first-time teenage mothers giving birth in 2007 and 2008 went on welfare. There was a yearly average of 5,044 births to 15-19 year-olds in 2007/08. According ... More >>