As TDB pointed out last month, the new system used to collect the Unemployment rates are a political sack.
Removing people who look for work on the internet so the unemployment rate comes down IS a scam.
The main statistician refutes this is idealogical, and she’s probably right in that, but it is a means to bring the unemployment rate down which makes the Government look good. Pretending people who look for work online aren’t job seeking is just a fallacy, it’s a means of bringing down the unemployment rate regardless of left or right.
It’s Government elites looking after Government elites.
There is real fear now within the Public Service that any stats that come out making the Government look bad will get you quickly buried. Scientists have already stated this pressure in NZ and the Government does all it can to ignore the stats to begin with.
Paula Bennett refuses to get a clear picture of the number of children in Poverty because then she would have to do something about it.
Look at how no one seems to have any idea who much money National shovelled into motels for the homeless…
The Government has no idea how much money it lent to beneficiaries to stay in motels, the Ministry for Social Development has admitted.
It means there is no data which shows how much taxpayer money was borrowed by people on benefits and no broad understanding as to the level of need for emergency housing assistance.
It’s a knowledge vacuum which has been criticised by social commentators and political opponents who have asked how the Government can manage the situation when it has no data to guide its decisions.
…we have a Government in constant denial and that denial requires stats and data that are always watered down, look at how our denial of child poverty is so noticeable that International Newspapers are commenting…
The Saitu children are not alone in their desperation. A third of New Zealand children, or 300,000, now live below the poverty line – 45,000 more than a year ago.
Unicef’s definition of child poverty in New Zealand is children living in households who earn less than 60% of the median national income – NZ$28,000 a year, or NZ$550 a week.
The fact that twice as many children now live below the poverty line than did in 1984 has become New Zealand’s most shameful statistic.
“We have normalised child poverty as a society – that a certain level of need in a certain part of the population is somehow OK,” says Vivien Maidaborn, executive director of Unicef New Zealand.
“The empathy Kiwis are famous for has hardened. Over the last 20 years we have increasingly blamed the people needing help for the problem.
“If you can’t afford your children to have breakfast, you’re a bad budgeter. If you aren’t working you’re lazy. But our subconscious beliefs about some people ‘deserving’ poverty because of poor life choices no longer apply in today’s environment. We have to ask ourselves as a society, are we really prepared to let our children grow up this way?”
…denial requires a super structure of myth and half truths, that’s what we are consistently seeing with this Government.