When Labour won the election in 2017, they inherited a neoliberal welfare system primed to punish, malign and damage.
MSD specialised in mass surveillance and purposely obtuse language with rules designed to hide a persons full entitlement while entrapping those in relationships.
Oranga Tamariki was stealing babies.
Housing NZ was throwing tenants onto the streets for fake meth contamination.
Labour were too gutless and cowardly to force real reforms through our cruel welfare system and no where can that failure to act be seen best than in the immense malice in separated parenting rules…
Child support collection does nothing to help the country’s poorest families, as the state keeps more than $150m each year to balance its books instead of passing it on to mothers and children.
A Stuff investigation has found more than a third of child support paid by parents to Inland Revenue, totalling more than $900m in the past five years, has been intercepted before it gets to kids.
That’s because of a law that says if a primary caregiver is on a benefit, the Government is entitled to take the child’s support money to recoup the cost of welfare.
…we have this punishment policy to make solo fathers and mothers suffer, it’s a punishment meted out when one of the parents requires welfare.
The State taxes the father through child support clawbacks as a means to punish him for leaving, that money doesn’t go to his child, it goes to the State as a penalty for the Mother going on welfare.
Jenny Shipley brought it in and it has stayed on the books as a way to whip ‘dead beat dads’.
The damage this causes is immense in terms of the financial well being of the child and the animosity it causes between the parents.
It is like all our neoliberal welfare system, punitive.
This rule is for the benefit of the State, not the well being of the individuals.
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