Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, July 26th, 2017 - 41 comments
Most people would be shocked to learn that each WINZ case manager is assigned the target of getting a certain number of people off the benefit every month. This is one of the reasons why we have such a punitive and aggressive welfare system. Fewer than half of those removed from the benefit go to jobs. The Nats neither know nor care what happens to the rest, but links to the rising number of homeless and our shocking suicide statistics should be investigated.
Written By: - Date published: 9:54 am, July 21st, 2017 - 61 comments
Today in news that makes you want to scream: “Deputy Prime Minister Paula Bennett has admitted “in hindsight” the Government’s response to the housing crisis has been too slow.”
Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, July 19th, 2017 - 172 comments
Could it have anything to do with the government of the last nine years, and the policies that you and your party have been supporting?
Written By: - Date published: 7:11 am, May 6th, 2017 - 187 comments
Those compassionate conservatives of the National Party have a message for the increasing number of homeless who occupy our Brighter Future.
Written By: - Date published: 9:15 am, April 11th, 2017 - 83 comments
Ordinary people are priced out of home ownership and increasingly out of renting, the state-housing safety net has been deliberately run down, and now the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff is full. National leaps into action – by asking the Salvation Army for ideas…
Written By: - Date published: 8:11 am, February 28th, 2017 - 10 comments
Bill blames the blowout in emergency housing grants on the “hidden homeless”. Hidden only from those who will not see. Hidden only from a government that deliberately chooses for political reasons not to collect the relevant data.
Written By: - Date published: 8:36 am, December 17th, 2016 - 76 comments
Apparently it’s “getting homeless people into homes”. Given the ongoing explosion of homelessness, just think how much scope she has to make herself proud next year…
Written By: - Date published: 7:35 am, October 13th, 2016 - 210 comments
Judith Collins yesterday said that child poverty is the fault of parents and not the fault of her Government.
Written By: - Date published: 10:04 am, October 12th, 2016 - 82 comments
National is borrowing another Labour-Green policy and has announced a lite version of Labour’s Kiwibuild policy.
Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, October 12th, 2016 - 24 comments
Who would have thought that a surge in homelessness would result in a spike in crime, and that a dramatic increase in the number of people with no or compromised housing situations would cause an increase in burglaries, robberies and assaults.
Written By: - Date published: 12:11 pm, October 10th, 2016 - 81 comments
Labour, the Green Party and the Māori Party are have released their Ending Homelessness in New Zealand report and are calling on the Government to immediately adopt the 20 recommendations.
Written By: - Date published: 6:38 pm, September 23rd, 2016 - 45 comments
Young people, union members, and other Aucklanders will meet in Aotea Square today to make some noise about the devastating Auckland housing crisis. Stand Up Youth Union Movement and Unions Auckland are hosting the Monopoly-themed event, which will highlight the damaging effects of the crisis and call on local and central government to do a lot more to fix the housing market.
Written By: - Date published: 4:02 pm, September 19th, 2016 - 74 comments
National’s latest plan to do something about the housing crisis is to buy a Motel and kick families who stay there out on the street.
Written By: - Date published: 4:38 pm, September 6th, 2016 - 13 comments
Nick Smith has introduced a bill into Parliament which he wants to be passed under urgency without select committee oversight. The bill takes away the right of any prior owner of land taken under the Public Works Act to have housing land offered back to them. To do this under urgency is banana republic stuff.
Written By: - Date published: 8:35 am, August 30th, 2016 - 32 comments
John Key has used some very dodgy figures to claim that the housing crisis was worse under Labour than it is now.
Written By: - Date published: 11:12 am, August 28th, 2016 - 10 comments
Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, August 26th, 2016 - 82 comments
New research on homelessness from Otago University sheds light on the depth and breadth of the problem. Naturally Paula Bennett says she doesn’t believe it, and that she won’t read it. Because of course.
Written By: - Date published: 1:04 pm, August 22nd, 2016 - 48 comments
After National blocked a proposed official inquiry into homelessness, Labour, The Greens and The Maori Party went ahead with their own. It will no doubt come up with useful recommendations. But to see them implemented we will need to change the government.
Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, August 6th, 2016 - 291 comments
Al Jazeera: Once a pioneer of the social welfare state, New Zealand now has over 40,000 people who are homeless, forced to live in their cars and in garages as a result of rapid house price and rent rises and a shortage of social housing. Al Jazeera … charts the country’s fall from and egalitarian society to one with deep divisions of wealth
Written By: - Date published: 7:05 am, July 21st, 2016 - 204 comments
The government is demolishing and selling state house while WINZ sends families to live in garages. This is New Zealand in the Eighth Year of the Brighter Future.