Working class white folk are horrified at how toxic our welfare system really is…
Wellington woman Michele Cairns says she’s spent a lifetime paying taxes – but the Government’s expectation that a household can live off one income means she can receive no support now that she needs it.
Cairns finished at her job a month ago, ready to start a new position as an accounts manager on March 30.
Then, the country went into lockdown. Her new employers told her she could not start her job until the end of April.
“I’m the main breadwinner and it was a huge hit for our family,” she said.
Her husband works for a business that supplies cafes and restaurants.
…it is a shock to the system of any white working class person when they are suddenly forced to be treated the way brown poor people are.
Schadenfreude to one side, the intentionally toxic culture inside WINZ and MSD must change urgently or hurt Labour.
I recently pointed out in my Waatea News column that Labour’s failure to tackle the toxic culture at WINZ and MSD would become problematic once large numbers of NZers were forced to apply for welfare…
This Government are too frightened to take on the toxic culture in WINZ and force real change so that the welfare of beneficiaries is more important than the welfare of MSD.
Labour have failed to implement 40 of the 42 recommendations the recent Welfare Expert Advisory Group put in front of them and the toxic culture legacy has seen beneficiaries waiting all day on the poorly staffed 0800 numbers often finding more pointless red tape for them to wade through to gain access to help.
WINZ is purposely built to be difficult and obtrusive to use so as to put off desperate and vulnerable people from accessing benefits. When there is a stampede of need for access, the way we are seeing with this pandemic, that purposely built difficulty of access creates vast log jams and gridlock within a system that isn’t designed to say yes in a way that alleviates stress.
If anything, WINZ is there to manufacture a sense of unease and fear.
WINZ is a neoliberal weapon used to punish, intimidate and terrify those unfortunate enough to require their assistance. It’s not built to actually help people and now it’s being required to, there is massive bottleneck from the purposely obtuse processing regime.
WINZ & MSD required an enormous cleansing of their toxic culture, now the Government need them to be kind, they don’t have that capacity.
This requires urgent oversight before the explosion of complaints start on social media.
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