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Waiting list for public housing emboldens social support

Published: Tue 19 Feb 2019 03:22 PM
An increase in the public housing waiting list, now more than 10,000 New Zealanders, shows exactly why the Greens are working with Government to put the heart back into the social support system whilst addressing a growing housing crisis, Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson said today.
“More and more of our people are unable to put a roof over their head, showing we urgently need more state and public housing.
“We are seeing the direct consequences of successive Governments not putting the wellbeing of New Zealanders first. The Greens are working hard to fix this up.
“The Greens as part of this Government are negotiating a major overhaul of our social support system, so that enough is provided for all New Zealanders to live with dignity.
“When more and more New Zealanders are joining the queue to find a home because they can’t afford to rent or own, it is clear that the current support system is broken.
“I look forward to the results from the Welfare Expert Advisory Group, which are due soon, and further Government reforms in housing and tenants’ rights.
“We will continue to work closely with Labour and NZ First to ensure that all New Zealanders have a safe home to live in and enough to get by”.

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