So the Labour Party’s $20 boost for benefits was bullshit & we warned the Government to not allow the dirty Wellington bureaucrats to claw it back – WHICH THEY DID! So over half of beneficiaries won’t in fact get the $20 promised!
In May’s Budget, the Government announced it would lift all main benefits by $20 a week on July 1 in order to help vulnerable New Zealanders put food on the table and pay their power bills.
But modelling from the Ministry of Social Development for Budget 2021 shows that 193,000 individuals and families are estimated to receive less than $20 per week because the additional financial assistance they receive for accommodation or other costs will fall as a result of their main benefit rising.
It is estimated 178,000 people will receive an increase of $20 or a little bit more.
You can’t promise $20 knowing that less than half would actually get it!
MSD have seen this increase as a way to make revenue by clawing it back from beneficiaries, this money is for the poorest, it’s not so fucking Wellington bureaucrats can build themselves a new glass palace in Wellington!
So sure, cheer about that 1.4% like it means something but don’t pretend it actually does.
I’m getting a tad sick to death of listening to Jacinda and other apologists from this Government tell us with straight faces that lifting 30 000 kids out of poverty is somehow a meaningful response to the poverty crisis.
It is not.
Look, even if, and I mean IF, they actually do lift 30 000 kids out of poverty (and I say IF because we saw how their promises of jobs from the Provincial Growth Fund were a joke) so even IF they lift 30 000 kids out of poverty, that still leaves a staggering 190,000 children in poverty!!!
You can’t boast about saving 30 000 kids while leaving 190 000 behind and still ask for a pat on the back!
This isn’t leadership, it’s capitulation.
If only we could put in as much effort lifting children out of poverty as we do on middle class tax breaks for electric cars, a billion dollar bike lane and hate speech legislation.
We hate beneficiaries so much that a crumb is sold as a mountain.
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