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Government needs to house meth test evicted tenants – AAAP

By   /  December 3, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Government needs to house meth test evicted tenants – AAAP

Minister Phil Twyford announced that the first batch of recipients have been receiving compensation for being evicted from their Housing New Zealand homes because of faulty meth tests. The compensation will be $8,000 on average, and 52 people from the 800 tenancies affected have already received the cash sum. Auckland Action Against Poverty is calling […]

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Tauranga rough sleeping ban vote callous – AAAP

By   /  November 17, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Tauranga rough sleeping ban vote callous – AAAP

The Tauranga council voted in favour of a bylaw banning begging and rough sleeping within 5m of public entrances to retail and hospitality premises in Tauranga, Mount Maunganui and Greerton. Auckland Action Against Poverty condemns the move by the Tauranga council towards introducing such bylaw and stands in solidarity with Community Angels Tauranga and other […]

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Poverty measurements important but action is still needed – AAAP

By   /  November 2, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Poverty measurements important but action is still needed – AAAP

The Government’s Child Poverty Reduction Bill has passed its second reading in Parliament today. The Bill aims to establish benchmarks for child poverty rates, and entrenches the social investment approach by the previous Government. Auckland Action Against Poverty welcomes more detailed measurements of child poverty, but warns that without clear plans to reduce poverty the […]

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Meth compensation blunder cruel and shortsighted – AAAP

By   /  October 30, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Meth compensation blunder cruel and shortsighted – AAAP

Housing Minister Phil Twyford recently admitted to only becoming aware last week that the compensation planned for tenants who were evicted over flawed methamphetamine testing would cause them to lose their benefit entitlements, prompting the Government to further delay any form of compensation. Auckland Action Against Poverty is condemning the Government’s delay of the compensation […]

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KiwiBuild part of the problem, not the solution – AAAP

By   /  October 27, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  5 Comments

The Labour-led Government ran a PR stunt today to celebrate the first few families that would move into the first 18 KiwiBuild homes. While the Government prioritises its flagship home-ownershp scheme, tens of thousands of people continue to be homeless in Aotearoa, with no hope of being able to ever afford living in one of […]

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NZ First bill would increase elderly poverty – AAAP

By   /  October 23, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

A bill proposed by New Zealand First MP Mark Patterson aims to raise the minimum residency requirements to get New Zealand superannuation from 10 years to 20 years after the age of 20. Auckland Action Against Poverty warns that any restrictions which lock people from receiving superannuation would further increase rising levels of elderly poverty. […]

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Record numbers needing hardship assistance from WINZ

By   /  October 19, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  3 Comments

The latestMSD quarterly report shows that over $100 million was granted for hardshipassistance to almost 350,000 people by Work and Income in the September 2018quarter, an increase of almost $30 million from the same quarter last year.While hardship assistance has been steadily increasing over time, core benefit levels and numbers of people receiving supplementary benefit […]

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AAAP welcomes Privacy Commissioner Inquiry into MSD

By   /  October 19, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on AAAP welcomes Privacy Commissioner Inquiry into MSD

The Privacy Commissioner has launched an inquiry under the Privacy Act 1993 into the Ministry of Social Development’s (MSD) investigative practises. This comes almost a month after Auckland Action Against Poverty released an OIA report which highlighted MSD’s invasive investigation practises, that allows the Ministry to pry into people’s sex life. People on the benefit […]

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Half a million people in debt with the Ministry of Social Development – AAAP

By   /  October 12, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

Reports obtained through the Official Information Act revealed that as of March 2018, half a million people are in debt with the Ministry of Social Development, with the total debt being $1.5 billion. Most of the debt comes from overpayments and recoverable advances for basic necessities such as clothing, furniture and petrol. Weekly repayments are […]

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Child Poverty Reduction Bill risks entrenching failed Social Investment approach. – AAAP

By   /  October 5, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Child Poverty Reduction Bill risks entrenching failed Social Investment approach. – AAAP

The National Party has come out in support of the Labour’s Child Poverty Reduction Bill, which is supposed to help the Government measure poverty better by setting measures that the Government would be held accountable to over a period of years. The National Party’s support of the bill came about after changes were made to […]

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AAAP welcomes Green Party’s welfare policy

By   /  October 1, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on AAAP welcomes Green Party’s welfare policy

The Green Party launched a renewed call for welfare reform today, acknowledging that all benefit sanctions need removing and benefit levels substantially increased, which are currently below the poverty line. Auckland Action Against Poverty welcomes the Greens call for genuinely transformative reform of the New Zealand welfare system, and challenges Labour and New Zealand First […]

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Public housing tenancy review changes should apply to all – AAAP

By   /  September 27, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

The Minister for Housing and Urban Development, Phil Twyford, announced today that changes would be made to public housing tenancy reviews, exempting a set of public housing tenants from three-year reviews. While Auckland Action Against Poverty recognizes this is a step in the right direction, it is calling on the Labour-led Government to extend these […]

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AAAP calls on WINZ to stop prying into people’s sex life

By   /  September 26, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  4 Comments

An OIA report from The Ministry of Social Development shows that, in the year to March 2017, over 11,000 calls were made to a dedicated hot line enabling people to anonymously accuse beneficiaries of benefit fraud. As a result, almost 6,000 benefit fraud investigations were made during that year, with over 3,000 regarding allegations of […]

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Meth eviction compensations don’t account for social harm caused – AAAP

By   /  September 20, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

Housing Minister Phil Twyford, alongside HNZ officials, announced this morning that people wrongly penalised for meth contamination in their state home are to be given compensation and a formal apology. The compensation is to be between $2,500-$3,000 per tenancy, with around 800 tenants being eligible for this kind of compensation. Auckland Action Against Poverty is […]

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MSD report highlights failure of jobseeker sanctions – AAAP

By   /  September 13, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on MSD report highlights failure of jobseeker sanctions – AAAP

  A Ministry of Social Development report released yesterday shows that almost half of people going off the benefit returned to Work and Income within 18 months. Additionally, the report shows that a third of the people exiting a benefit are earning less than $1180 a month, and a large portion of people placed into […]

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HNZ borrowing highlights Government’s fiscal policy failings – AAAP

By   /  September 1, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

The Government recently ignored advice from Treasury urging Housing New Zealand to borrow centrally to build new state homes, to avoid the high interests rates and additional risk incurred from borrowing elsewhere. The Government’s decision to allow Housing New Zealand to independently borrow billions of dollars, so it can avoid higher levels of Crown debt […]

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