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Welfare Working Group fodder for immediate changes – AAAP

By   /  May 29, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Welfare Working Group fodder for immediate changes – AAAP

The Welfare Expert Advisory Group announced this morning by the Labour led Government must not be used as a fodder to delay any immediate and urgent action on our broken welfare system. While Auckland Action Against Poverty welcomes a wider long-term overhaul, which may include the removal of all sanctions and obligations, people on the […]

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Petrol tax an attack on the poor – AAAP

By   /  April 5, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Petrol tax an attack on the poor – AAAP

The Government’s transport announcement earlier this week which aims to improve public transport infrastructure is a welcomed move, but it shouldn’t be funded by a petrol tax that will disproportionately affect poor people. A 10c per litre tax increase in Auckland will mean that households that households with older vehicles will have to front up […]

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Accomodation Supplement boost leaves beneficiaries short changed – AAAP

By   /  April 3, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News  /  1 Comment

The small accommodation supplement increases made under National’s 2017 budget are finally being implemented by the Labour Government. But beneficiaries are still left wanting for basic items such as food. “The current costs of living are leaving beneficiaries struggling to pay their rent and feed themselves and their families, and a marginal increase to benefit […]

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Salvation Army report paints dire picture of growing inequality – AAAP

By   /  February 14, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

Salvation Army report paints dire picture of growing inequality                 The Salvation Army State of the Nation Report reveals that while the economy has consistently grown over the past ten years, only a small sector of the population has benefited from this growth. “The failures of the neoliberal policies by successive Governments of the past few […]

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Transient population figures a national emergency – AAAP

By   /  February 8, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

An AUT study identifying over 150,000 people in Aotearoa as ‘vulnerable transient’ (meaning they have moved at least three times in three years) shows the failure by successive Governments to provide secure tenancy for people.   “This is the result of decades of punitive sanctions on beneficiaries, selloff of state homes, unliveable incomes and rampant […]

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Child Poverty Measures Bill must provide a commitment to eradicate poverty

By   /  January 31, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Child Poverty Measures Bill must provide a commitment to eradicate poverty

Auckland Action Against Poverty is calling on the Labour led Government to address the causes of child poverty by taking meaningful action to massively increase the income of adults in poverty. “While the commitment by Labour to make this Government and future Governments accountable for tracking child poverty reduction progress through the Child Poverty Measures […]

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Government challenged to adequately measure unemployment – AAAP

By   /  November 2, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Government challenged to adequately measure unemployment – AAAP

Welfare group challenge coalition government to adequately measure unemployment The official rate of unemployment has dropped again, but the measure for unemployment does not include those facing underemployment, insecure and precarious work. “AAAP hopes that the Labour-NZ First coalition deal’s review of the measure of unemployment will lead to a significant expansion in the definition,” […]

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Not Enough Left: Beneficiaries speak on their visions for welfare, work and housing – AAAP

By   /  September 4, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  5 Comments

Over the past two months, Auckland Action Against Poverty have been talking with beneficiaries about their visions for a welfare system based on equality and not punishment. “Overwhelmingly, the responses from beneficiaries we have spoken to are that benefit rates are too low to live on with dignity,” says Vanessa Cole, Co-ordinator for Auckland Action […]

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The stand Metiria took for beneficiaries will continue beyond this election – AAAP

By   /  August 10, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

Auckland Action Against Poverty would like to send our support to Metiria Turei for making a stand for beneficiaries and unemployed workers facing the cold face of neoliberal capitalism. “The resignation of Metiria is a symbol that our political parties support the votes and desires of the wealthy over the poor,” says Vanessa Cole, Co-ordinator […]

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Welfare group opposes The Warehouse workfare programme

By   /  July 19, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

The Red Shirts for the Community programme, where the Warehouse hire unemployed youth to do unpaid labour creates a poverty trap and is not the solution to unemployment. “This programme is about exploiting unemployed youth, not teaching them skills. The government are subsidising the Warehouse in the name of reducing benefit dependency,” says Vanessa Cole, […]

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Budget 2017: Lines outside Work and Income show Budgets fail to address poverty

By   /  May 26, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Budget 2017: Lines outside Work and Income show Budgets fail to address poverty

Every Friday at Clendon Work and Income people and whānau line up to see a AAAP advocate so that they can get basic welfare entitlements denied to them by their own offices. “The Budget released yesterday does nothing for the unemployed and low-waged workers we see on a daily basis,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty […]

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Budget 2017: Welfare group says Social Investment approach is about punishment, not investment – AAAP

By   /  May 25, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

Social Investment is about punishing the poor and reducing spending, not investing in social services and improving social outcomes.   “Unemployment is not caused by the unemployed. The Social investment approach blames unemployment and negative social outcomes on individual behaviour,” says AAAP spokesperson Vanessa Cole   “The National party believe that quantitative data will provide […]

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Budget 2017: Welfare group says Accommodation Supplement increase is a con job – AAAP

By   /  May 25, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  3 Comments

Increases in the Accommodation Supplement (AS) means an equal deduction from Temporary Additional Support (TAS).   “The government is cynically hiding behind the complexity of the welfare payments,” says Vanessa Cole, Auckland Action Against Poverty spokesperson.   “Steven Joyce admitted in his Budget speech today that TAS, a payment that tops up accommodation costs, will […]

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Mother’s Day protest to grill Bill on housing, welfare and work

By   /  May 14, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

Welfare activists will be protesting outside the National Party Northern Regional Convention today to demand universal access to state housing and a livable income. “On Mother’s Day it is important to speak out against the economic punishment of sole mothers who face hardship and discrimination under our welfare system,” says Vanessa Cole, spokesperson for AAAP. […]

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Labour and Greens fiscal management rules offer no change – AAAP

By   /  March 27, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

Labour and Greens new Budget Responsibility Rules for fiscal management demonstrates a lack of commitment to the low paid and unemployed. Their commitment is to change nothing. “When political parties talk about fiscal management and debt reduction, what they are really saying is that austerity measures will be put in place to cut funding from […]

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AUCKLAND ACTION AGAINST POVERTY – Uni research highlights deficiencies in Govt job policies

By   /  August 11, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed, Sue Bradford  /  1 Comment

New university research highlights the grave deficiencies in the ‘work first’ approach to welfare so beloved of both National and Labour governments. “In a thesis released this week, Victoria University student Alicia Sudden explores the experiences of 234 people who had stopped receiving benefits. “Two years later only 143 were in any form of paid […]

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