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12:57 pm, October 31st, 2016 - 15 comments
Categories: benefits, class war, discrimination, International, political alternatives, uk politics, unemployment, welfare - Tags: dignity, Scotland, social security
The culture being addressed will be familiar enough to many here in NZ who deal with Work and Income. Government strategies to address that culture? Well, that’s another story. This isn’t just happening half a world away. It might as well be happening in another universe – back on the sane side of some looking glass NZ has fallen through.
From last Friday’s Glasgow Herald.
In the words of Social Security Minister, Jeane Freeman …
“Creating a (social security) system that treats people with dignity, fairness and respect shouldn’t be a big ask. But given people’s experiences of the current system it absolutely is a big deal.”
…ministers are to turn their backs on talk of ‘welfare’, Ms Freeman said.
“It is important to us that this is a social security system. We are absolutely convinced that social security is an investment that we make individually and collectively for ourselves and each other. Neither you nor I know when we might need that help and support,”
“Rhetoric from some politicians and parts of our mainstream media has created the impression that people who need the support of the social security system are undeserving,” she said. “Where there are fraudulent behaviours, we need to spot them and deal with it. But that is very different from designing a system that presumes that everyone who comes into it is trying to pull a fast one,”
Before the end of the year, the Government aims to recruit 2000 volunteers to help advise it over the next four and a half years, as it sets up a social security system from scratch,…Volunteers will mainly be people who currently rely on benefits, but also workers with knowledge of the system, such as welfare rights advisors, and those with experience of payment systems and even ex-DWP* employees…
Meanwhile, back here in ‘godzone’?
* equivalent to Work and Income.