This policy proposal from Paula Bennett has had a fair bit of attention:
Govt may give state tenants cash to move to regions
The government is looking at cash incentives to get Auckland’s state housing tenants to move to the regions.
The offer would include covering relocation costs as well as a one-off incentive payment.
Ms Bennett said there were empty houses in other parts of New Zealand. …
This is sold as a voluntary option, which seems like a choice could work well for some people. But in fact there is coercion, if you decline to move you may go the bottom of the Auckland list. At that point we’re in to typical Nat nasty social engineering.
Lack of state houses down south may hamper Government’s plans
A lack of surplus state houses could stop the South from being part of a plan to get Aucklanders languishing on waiting lists to leave the city.
The proposed Government policy comes as Housing New Zealand data released to the Otago Daily Times showed there were only 22 spare “ready to let” state houses in Otago and Southland.
Ministry of Social Development data showed, as of September last year, there were 60 people on the waiting list for Housing New Zealand properties in Dunedin.
Asked whether the lack of surplus houses could prevent Southland and Otago from being part of the policy, Ms Bennett said: “We are currently working through the details and no decisions have been made about how much applicants could receive or which areas will be the best fit.”
Has anyone checked the other regions? Did Bennett, before floating this proposal? Or is this another housing policy screwup like Nick Smiths acres of vacant Auckland land…