Social Housing Minister: Homeless could be offered up to $5000 to leave Auckland
Homeless people could be offered up to $5000 to leave Auckland and resettle in a state house in the provinces, Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett has confirmed.
The policy was put together in the last few days and was announced this afternoon as the Government goes into damage control over its handling of housing problems in New Zealand. …
It was not “put together in the last few days”, because it was already announced back in January:
‘$3000’ to leave Auckland
Aucklanders languishing on the state house waiting list are likely to be offered financial incentives to move to regions that have a surplus of homes, the Herald can reveal.
Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett confirmed last night that the Government wants prospective tenants to consider moving to regions where dozens of state houses are vacant – and in some cases could be offered thousands of dollars in taxpayer sweeteners. …
Update: “Policy” on the hoof…
Bill English has been blindsided by Paula Bennett's "$5k for homeless leaving AKL" policy. He had no idea about it. #BlindsidedBill
— Newshub Politics (@NewshubPolitics) May 25, 2016
What a shambles! One of the most serious issues facing NZ and govt ministers scramble about for rehashed policy. https://t.co/dEuex2ukvj
— Metiria Turei (@metiria) May 25, 2016