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7:21 am, May 30th, 2017 - 35 comments
Categories: budget 2017, housing, national, Steven Joyce, useless - Tags: accommodation supplement, budget 2017, official advice, rental market, steven joyce
Even by National’s “standards” this is shameless – Govt pulled u-turn on accommodation supplement
Two years ago the government decided not to boost the accommodation supplement because of fears landlords could pocket the extra money, and rents could be pushed up.
The concerns about what were described as “landlord capture” were contained in advice from officials at the Treasury and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
What changed in two years? Why, this is election year of course. The Nats are nakedly trying to buy this election – Duncan Garner: National’s trying to buy this election – and they’re paying with your money
The spin on this misguided bribe is laughable –
Joyce said last week that officials would monitor the rental market to ensure landlords weren’t trying to capitalise on the increase and would act if there were signs of it.
Questions that the media may wish to ask Mr Joyce. Where do tenants send reports of rent gouging? Exactly what action will the government take when they receive these reports?