National know the first rule of government: never have an enquiry unless you know what it will say. The latest “Working Group” is the one on Welfare.
Paula Rebstock’s team include a couple of medical professionals who specialise in brain injuries, a couple of private sector providers of welfare-to-work programs with a vested interest in privatising our welfare system and an ACT ex-president. And they want your feedback.
The paper is here. Read it, and tell them what you think of the welfare system and their proposals.
- Tell them about how a civilised society has safety nets; how children needs parents, rather living in a creche whilst they work; how bad things happen to good people and they need a hand-up to get back to work, not threats and ‘incentives’.
- Insurance-based welfare is unnecessary bureaucracy that always needs backing by the state ultimately anyway.
- The DPB is for the children, not the single parents, who never breed for a living.
- People on the invalid benefit are likely to stay on it – they were put on it because they were unlikely to be able to work again.
- Yes, sickness beneficiaries need help getting back to work – but that will be achieved through added support (which will cost money in the short-term, but will probably still be worth it), not pushing them onto the unemployment benefit.
- And most of all, you can’t force people into jobs when there aren’t any available.
But just make sure you tell them.