The Salvation Army report on poverty is out and it is the usual grim reading of great first steps, but….
Despite “limited improvement” being made in the lives of many New Zealanders, poverty remains “stubborn” for those most disadvantaged in the country, the latest Salvation Army State of the Nation Report has concluded.
The annual report monitors social indicators such as employment, housing, crime, addiction and gambling to assess how New Zealand is progressing socially.
All in all, the Salvation Army described the results as “a mixed bag”.
Although the Government could “take heart” that some level of progress was being seen across most indicators, “poverty at the most disadvantaged levels of our community remain stubborn”, said Lieutenant Colonel Ian Hutson, the Salvation Army’s director of social policy.
If we can borrow billions for bloody roads, why not a few billion more for real welfare reform?
This Government has pitifully only adopted 2 of the 42 recommendations on Welfare reform because they are too frightened of angering the sleepy hobbits of muddle Nu Zilind who will rear up on their hind legs and scream ‘why are bludgers getting more’.
To get around not having the courage to raise benefits, Labour needs to create ‘The Kiwi Dividend’ which will see the first $10 000 you earn as tax free. This will inadvertently raise benefits and help working NZers and students and pensions without actually having to raise any of those benefits.
If only we could respond to the housing crisis, inequality, climate change and child poverty issues with the same speed and decisiveness we can to keep Concert on FM.