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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  /  No Comments

  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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Government’s review of Residential Tenancy Act shortsighted – AAAP

By   /  August 27, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Government’s review of Residential Tenancy Act shortsighted – AAAP

  The public is being asked for feedback on a set of potential amendments to the Residential Tenancy Act, which the Government claims will make life better for renters. The discussion document fails to consider the biggest driver of the country’s renting crisis, which are rampant rent prices. While Auckland Action Against Poverty welcomes the Government’s attempts […]

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Government work scheme risks becoming corporate subsidy – AAAP

By   /  August 13, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Government work scheme risks becoming corporate subsidy – AAAP

The Government recently announced the Mana in Mahi scheme, which aims to subsidise employers taking in 18-24 year olds who have been on the benefit for six months. The scheme will subsidise employers the equivalent to the benefit, topping it up to at least the minimum wage. Auckland Action Against Poverty warns that the scheme […]

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AAAP calls on Housing Minister to act to protect tenants

By   /  August 13, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on AAAP calls on Housing Minister to act to protect tenants

Government work scheme risks becoming corporate subsidy  The Government recently announced the Mana in Mahi scheme, which aims to subsidise employers taking in 18-24 year olds who have been on the benefit for six months. The scheme will subsidise employers the equivalent to the benefit, topping it up to at least the minimum wage. Auckland […]

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AAAP calls on Housing Minister to protect tenants

By   /  July 13, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on AAAP calls on Housing Minister to protect tenants

Auckland Action Against Poverty has today voiced support for a Plan to Fix Renting and calls on the Housing Minister to introduce new measures to control rent prices and end price-gouging by landlords.   Auckland Action Against Poverty says everyone should be able to afford a decent place to live, yet too many renters in […]

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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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