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Green Party welfare policy a welcome surprise – Auckland Action Against Poverty

By   /  July 17, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

AAAP welcomes the release of the Green Party’s welfare policy. This acknowledges that benefit rates must increase and the punitive culture within Work and Income must change. “We are encouraged to see the Green Party addressing real issues faced by people in poverty. We remain concerned that the Green’s commitment to Budget Responsibility Rules runs […]

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Welfare activists to grill Bill English this Mother’s Day – Auckland Action Against Poverty

By   /  May 13, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Welfare activists to grill Bill English this Mother’s Day – Auckland Action Against Poverty

Welfare activists to grill Bill English this Mother’s Day Welfare activists will protest outside the National Party Northern Regional Convention this Mother’s Day to demand universal access to state housing and a livable income. “Unemployed workers need a living income and access to state housing. Instead they are subjected to sanctions and punishment,” says Vanessa […]

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Auckland Action Against Poverty say Government have failed homeless and lack any vision for solutions

By   /  March 1, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Auckland Action Against Poverty say Government have failed homeless and lack any vision for solutions

The National Government are denying that there is a housing crisis while the number of homeless families in need of Special Needs Grants for emergency housing increases. “The Government have failed homeless families forced into a poverty trap between accruing debt for emergency housing or going into an unaffordable private rental market,” says AAAP spokesperson […]

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Minimum wage increase does nothing for low-wage workers and beneficiaries – Auckland Action Against Poverty

By   /  January 29, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Minimum wage increase does nothing for low-wage workers and beneficiaries – Auckland Action Against Poverty

The National government’s increase in the minimum wage by 50 cents to $15.75 an hour will not change the living standards of unemployed and low-wage workers struggling with rent and food. “With the costs of living increasing, a low wage economy, and welfare reforms which have caused increased poverty, this wage increase is an insult,” […]

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Call centre workers’ contracts end two weeks before Christmas – Auckland Action Against Poverty

By   /  December 14, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

Around 70 Manpower call centre workers have had their contracts end two weeks before Christmas. Most of the workers were made to sign contracts by Work and Income under the threat of sanctions. “These are workers with children who will be struggling during Christmas because Work and Income placed them in precarious and insecure work,” […]

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Work and Income limit access through forced ID checks – Auckland Action Against Poverty

By   /  December 13, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

From today, Work and Income staff will be asking for ID from beneficiaries seeking help from Work and Income. This policy shift follows the prosecution of MSD in the Ashburton case for failing to adequately protect staff. “While we believe in the safety of all workers, AAAP see this policy shift as another move to […]

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Investigation into woman’s death proof Work and Income’s toxic culture is lethal – Auckland Action Against Poverty

By   /  December 10, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

The Ministry of Social Development are being accused in an investigation into the death of Wendy Shoebridge for having monthly quotas to prosecute beneficiaries for benefit fraud. “AAAP see this treatment of beneficiaries by fraud investigators who are encouraged by MSD to punish beneficiaries as emblematic of the toxic culture of MSD which has turned […]

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Welfare group occupies Manpower office to protest illegal contracts – AAAP

By   /  November 4, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  4 Comments

Auckland Action Against Poverty have occupied the offices of Manpower Services, 51 Shortland Street, Auckland CBD at 12pm today to demand the end of exploitative and illegal contracts used by the Company. “Manpower is one of many recruitment agencies used by Work and Income to force beneficiaries into precarious work,” says Auckland Action Against Poverty […]

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