INDEPENDENT NEWS

Maharey The Big Loser In The Budget

Published: Thu 15 Jun 2000 05:10 PM
Maharey The Big Loser In The Budget
Thursday 15th Jun 2000
Dr Muriel Newman
Media Release -- Social Welfare
“Examination of the Welfare and Employment initiatives announced in the Budget reveals that the Minister of Social Services and Employment has failed to deliver on his promises,” says ACT Welfare Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman.
“After 9 years of trumpeting that he was “going to reinvent the Welfare State”, Mr Maharey has won no new funding for his key portfolio areas. Worse, apart from scrapping the community wage scheme that was effective in moving people into work, the Minister clearly has no vision or policy of his own for welfare. This budget is a damning indictment of a weak Minister who has developed a track record for being all talk and no action,” she said.
“The Department of Work and Income base lines have barely changed. After 9 years of Mr Maharey’s grandstanding on poverty, there is no increase for the over 300,000 people on working age benefits. And that is in spite of Mr Anderton’s election promise of an extra $20 a week for families on a benefit,” said Muriel Newman.
“While the Minister has proclaimed he would help more people into jobs, there is no new funding in the budget for work schemes. Like the deck chairs on the Titanic, the Minister has re-shuffled employment programmes, but there is no new money to help those hundreds of thousands of people who are stuck on a benefit, to move off,” she said.
“It is remarkable that this Labour Government, that has for years campaigned against the previous Government on poverty issues, portraying itself as the defender of the poor, has totally disregarded the reputation of the Minister of Social Services, Mr Maharey,” she said.
“No fancy statements or recycled schemes can hide the fact that Mr Maharey has been hung out to dry, ” said Muriel Newman.
ENDS.
For more information visit ACT online at http://www.act.org.nz or contact the ACT Parliamentary Office at act@parliament.govt.nz.

Next in New Zealand politics

18,400 Children Lifted Out Of Poverty
By: New Zealand Government
On Our Unreal Optimism About The Economic Impact Of Coronavirus
By: Gordon Campbell
Government To Regulate Vaping
By: New Zealand Government
On The Political Donations Scandals
By: Gordon Campbell
New Zealand: Housing Crisis Requires Bold Human Rights Response, Says UN Expert
By: UN Special Rapporteur
Benefit Settings Rise In Line With Wages As Of 1 April
By: New Zealand Government
Latest child poverty statistics released
By: Statistics New Zealand
20k More Children In Poverty Under Jacinda Ardern
By: New Zealand National Party
Increase Wages To Address Child Poverty
By: Council of Trade Unions
More Government Action Needed To Lift Children Out Of Poverty
By: The Salvation Army New Zealand
Almost 12,000 More Children On Benefits
By: Lindsay Mitchell
Open Letter Re: Tertiary Student Exemption To COVID-19 Travel Ban
By: New Zealand Union of Students' Associations
Covid-19: Travel Restrictions For Those Coming From China Extended
By: RNZ
Coronavirus: Quarantine At Whangaparāoa Military Base Ends For First Group Of Evacuees
By: RNZ
Regional Tourism Bodies Welcome Government Tourism Package In Response To Coronavirus
By: RNZ
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media