Last weekend, when asked why they referred beneficiaries to an illegal garage to live in, the Ministry of Social Development told media that it wasn’t their responsibility to check the places they send homeless and vulnerable people to as that wasn’t, quote “In their remit”.
That’s right the billion dollars each year the Ministry of Social Development hand out as accommodation benefits to landlords has no ‘remit’ to check the accommodation they are placing these vulnerable people in are in fact…
which is odd because when you think of it, safe and legal houses seems to be the very bloody definition of the remit that the accommodation benefit is being paid out for.
If the Ministry of Social Development can’t tell the difference between a safe, legal house and an illegal garage then perhaps they shouldn’t have the words Social or Development in their title.
How about the Ministry of Roach motels and slum Lords. That would at least make it more honest.