Five examples of how National manipulate stats – the horror of Tauranga WINZ

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I believe that the National Government are so ideologically driven that they will lie, manipulate and actively falsify any statistic to hide the failure of their social experiments.

Here are 5 examples of the National Government manipulating statistics to hide their failure.

 

Unemployment rate – the horror of Tauranga WINZ:

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Claims last week that the unemployment rate had dropped from 5.2% to 4.9% can be shown to be hollow when you look at the horror of what WINZ Tauranga are doing.

I blogged last week hinting at what WINZ Tauranga were up to, and now I have a copy of the contract WINZ Tauranga are threatening beneficiaries with…

…the young man from Tauranga who sent me this contract he was forced to sign was threatened on 5 seperate occasions by WINZ staff that if he didn’t sign the contract he would be cut off from his benefit. The clause above allows the fruit picking company to vary the hours offered, this means the beneficiaries who were forced to sign this contract (dozens of them) actually ended up getting far less money each week than their actual benefit.

WINZ claim that they will top this amount up so that the beneficiaries aren’t worse off, however that’s not what WINZ Tauranga are doing. Many of these beneficiaries who have been forced off the benefit to become fruit pickers can’t get the letter from the employer to state they have been given less hours  and if they complain about the poor paperwork they get threatened with losing their job and face a multi-week stand down from any welfare at all. On top of this WINZ make it impossible for the beneficiaries to then get access to them to show them they have been underpaid.

So beneficiaries are threatened with losing their benefit if they don’t sign up to questionable contracts that allow the employer to vary the work and when it does provide less than the benefit the employer won’t provide them the paper work to show this and WINZ make it near impossible for these beneficiaries they’ve kicked off welfare to gain access to them to show them that they have been underpaid.

Throughout all this the beneficiaries are threatened with stand down periods if they make too many problems for the employer.

This is how National are getting lower unemployment figures, their WINZ staff are threatening beneficiaries with cutting off their welfare if they don’t sign up to questionable contracts and once they have been pushed off welfare,  WINZ aren’t there to help those beneficiaries top up what they are due.

This draconian neoliberal welfare system is damaging more people than it is helping and it is sickening. It’s why WINZ deserve’s to be on the front line of a vandalism campaign for the election.

 

Social Housing:

To make it look like the National Government are doing something about the homelessness crisis caused by the lack of social services and state houses, National have cleverly manipulated the way people can get onto the waiting lists to make it look like the waiting lists are actually shrinking…

Government manipulating social housing data – Child Poverty Action Group

An anti-poverty group says the Government is manipulating data on social housing.

The Government is pledging to reduce the time it takes to place people in state housing by 20 percent, as part of its Better Public Service targets.

Child Poverty Action Group housing spokesman Alan Johnson said the Government has made it harder for people to get on waiting lists, and people are discouraged from applying.

“Basically the target is about the waiting list and how long people spend on the waiting list.”

Mr Johnson believes that the waiting lists are being tampered with.

“We believe that … there is evidence of those lists being manipulated by the Government officials who are responsible for them.”

…by discouraging the poor from getting onto waiting lists and making those waiting lists even more difficult to get onto in the first place does nothing whatsoever to make the lives of those people better, it just hides the damage the National Government are causing.

 

Charter school lies:

The National Government are actively running a misinformation campaign to hide how much money Charter Schools are getting while hiding the results…

The Charter School Performance Cover Up

The major problem relates to the issue which surfaced last year, when the Ministry acknowledged that the interpretation of the secondary schools’ contract performance standards had been incorrect. As a consequence, the schools had also reported incorrectly against their contracts.

These incorrect figures had been used to determine the Ministry’s ratings in its May 2016 advice, referred to in the footnote. While the Ministry has now acknowledged that these figures are incorrect, nothing further has since been released.

The poor performance of the primary and middle schools is also evident in the Evaluation Report. Of the five primary and middle schools, which have contract targets set against National Standards, only one school, the Rise Up Academy, was assessed as having Met its contract targets.

And problems are also clearly evident in the assessment of performance against the Student Engagement standards. Vanguard Military School and Middle School West Auckland performed very poorly against the standards for Stand-downs, Suspensions, Exclusions and Expulsions.

Overall, the main takeaway from the Evaluation Report is a fairly damning indictment of performance to date.

But the continued cover up of the true picture should not be tolerated any longer.

…the National Government see Teachers as taxi drivers in an uber world, and believe they could dramatically slash education costs through charter schools hiring untrained teachers and by pushing education provision online. The National Government are hiding the failures of charter schools so that the anti-teacher beliefs underpinning their education policy won’t be challenged.

 

Prison reoffending:

I made this point of hiding the reoffending rates yesterday…

Government walk away from their self created prison horror

the National Government who had ACC invest in 30% of the private prison at Wiri and who brought private prisons into NZ and who had to remove Mt Eden from their control after corruption and violence issues have now quietly removed the reoffending rates as a measure of success???

What a gutless back down!

National set 25% as their target to reduce reoffending and could barely get 4.5%. They sold the neoliberal private prison reforms on how amazing they would be to reduce reoffending, the truth is they have failed abysmally and the National Government will now hide the stats so NZers can’t see how much of a failure they have created.

…the National Government have lied about the good their neoliberal prison system could create and are now hiding that failure. This should be front page news and an outrage, but it’s not because the voters have been so conditioned to hate prisoners by a mainstream media who make ratings from that hate that they can’t see the human beings for the bars.

 

Beneficiaries are druggies:

In the above cases, the National Government manipulate or hide the stats to get their neoliberal experiments through, but in this stat all the National Government can do is actually lie about the stats. Remember when Bill English justified his open floodgate immigration policy because Kiwi workers were just too stoned to work…

Bill English says employers are regularly telling him that Kiwis can’t pass drug tests

Prime Minister Bill English is blaming young Kiwis inability to pass a workplace drug test as one of the reasons why overseas workers are needed.

English’s comments come on the back of record highs for immigration after it was revealed on Monday 71,300 more migrants had arrived in New Zealand than left in the year to January.

Speaking at his weekly media conference English said two or three business owners a week told him about the difficulty in getting Kiwi workers who apply for jobs to pass a drug test.

…so let’s just get this straight. We need to bring in tens of thousands of workers on dodgy work/student visas where they can be exploited…

…because NZ workers are too stoned? Really? It’s not to prop up the property bubble the National Government have inflated to keep property speculating middles class NZers voting for them, oh no folks, we have an open floodgate of immigration because NZ workers are too stoned to pass the tests.

Turns out that claim is just more beneficiary bashing…

Few beneficiaries fail pre-employment drug tests

In the last six months of 2016, more than 18,000 beneficiaries were sent for drug tests and 80 failed.

The Ministry of Social Development said the number of failed tests included cases where beneficiaries didn’t turn up to be tested.

It said only 54 sanctions were applied to peoples’ benefits for failing the test.

Over the previous three years, nearly 95,000 beneficiaries were drug tested – and only 450 failed or didn’t turn up.

That’s a failure rate of one in every 200.

In February, the Prime Minister, Bill English, defended record immigration levels saying businesses keep telling him that New Zealanders aren’t passing drug tests and jobs can’t be filled locally.

…so it’s all a big lie English has used because the beneficiary bashing has created a culture where we happily believe the worst about them so we can smugly agree with the cruelty they are forced to endure.

It’s incredible that none of these lies were given the same attention as Willie Jackson supposedly throwing a wobbly.

14 COMMENTS

  1. Just one word describes this appropriately, it is DISGUSTING!

    I am not one bit surprised though, what only surprises me is that so few people fight this shit, I mean, really FIGHT this disgusting treatment, but when they are down, they seem to be at the end of the stick and resign to their horrible fate.

    • Mike in Auckland: it’s a matter of deep pockets and knowhow. ‘Fight’ sounds fine – until they lose files, pass the work to someone new, write as if they’re talking with someone else…

      That book of Rodney Hide’s about IRD and its nastiness: where one bloke was advised by his accountant to pay up because IRD could ratchet up the misery and compound the debt through interest until death was the only solution. And some people did exactly that.

      We’re not talking bennies on this. These were business owners and employers and investors. More than averagely financially literate and able to call on trained advisers. ‘Pay up. You can’t win.’

      It’s rigged that way. The ‘house’ always wins. The man who breaks the bank at Monte Carlo will probably never get close to a gaming table again. One little file note, in a round and girlish hand, will be enough to doom the winner for a long time to rest of life to unexpected blockages and reversals.

      And you know how it feels to be in those indifferent claws. The sheer terror. A mild form of PTSD. All it takes is seeing that obscene little logo…

      If you want to put up a fighter then they will have to be backed by a war-chest, dogged and wise legal help, and intelligent support beyond the rah rah cheers because – WINZ has deep pockets and the power to inflict misery over decades.

  2. So true Martyn perfectly designed by this government to clean out the remaining middle class and replace them with immigrants who work for less. So then you will have an upper class and a serfdom. You can see it right in front of you.

  3. Also Martyn you hear what double dipton said about mortgage holders. He does not care if mortgage rates go up and they lose houses its all personal responsibility perfect Neo Liberal mantra.

    • We are reverting back to a feudal society where we have the elites and the serfs, all designed by the global elite and the likes of the Mont Perelin Society and the Bilderberg Group.

      Coincidentally Roger Douglas, John Key and Ruth Richardson have links to these groups, so I am led to believe ?

    • Neoliberalism is the old name for facism or the last pornographic orgasm of capitalism ?

  4. would love to read the whole contract .

    disgusting winz bastards.

    Also it is true each case worker has a budget and it is true they get paid a bonus if they are under that budget .

    In one case an office worker I met actually quit over it.

    • Geoff this is only on part of what they are doing so imagine what else they have done pretty nasty stuff the gnats Winz polices makes a mockery of the tories trying to fix up the 9 years mess they have created they forget they are dealing with people not machines but people need to realize they don’t really care.

      • Neocolonialism is in play an upgraded version of neoliberalism, time to drain the swamp in most Government Departments ?

  5. IMHO Direct democracy is the best chance we have to build a prosperous nation. Regular meetings. Politics has to be a part of everyday life, like going to church on Sunday. That way these issues can never be left to get as out of control as they currently are. And power is more distributed, which increases the difficulty of all political parties to come up with coherent unified spin.

    One vote every few years is a strategy designed to give the middle classes the impression that they have control and that the powerful can be held accountable. When really it just leaves them up to their own devices for 3-4 years, and locks people with alternative views behind metal barriers and riot police. The strategy is basically designed to say “trust us, we’ll take care of this for you”, when the reality is like trusting a fox in a henhouse.

    I hate the pettiness of politics just as much as the rest of NZers, but if we don’t, they take everything – and in fact, they are.

    Another aspect of the strategy is to dangle luxury lifestyle in peoples’ eyes through enormous advertising propaganda. It makes the population want to live in a luxury world, a “perpetual holiday”, a fantasy where all the unpleasantness of life is taken care of by somebody else. That’s the modern, Americanised propaganda and culture model. But reality just doesn’t work that way. In reality, we have to make peace with the unpleasant parts of life as well as the pleasant parts – getting up in the middle of the night to feed a baby or change a nappie, even if it leaves us tired the next day. The sooner we all accept the responsibility, that *IS* in fact already on our shoulders, the better off we’ll all be.

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