INDEPENDENT NEWS

Students miss out on increased accommodation benefit

Published: Thu 25 May 2017 03:52 PM
26 May 2017
Budget 2017: Three quarters of students miss out on increased accommodation benefit
Accommodation Benefit
The New Zealand Union of Students’ Associations (NZUSA) has welcomed an increase to the Accommodation Benefit, but says that it does not go far enough to meet rising housing costs.
The Accommodation Benefit cap for Student Allowance recipients has increased from $40 to $60 per week. Estimated new rates for Student Allowance recipients living in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch will be $60. Dunedin-based recipients will likely see an $11 per week increase to $51. Only 33% of students have access to the Student Allowance, due to the parental income threshold for eligibility being frozen for five years.
‘More than three quarters of students will see no change to their living situation as a result of this Budget. This contrasts with our recommendation in our Budget wishlist, calling for a housing grant for all students.’
‘It also denies the Auckland rent crisis, when the cap of $60 will be mirrored in Christchurch and Wellington. In Auckland, students are paying $70 more on rent than in Christchurch, yet they will get the same level of support through the Accommodation Benefit.’
‘When we have raised issues of student poverty, the Government has said that student support is about right. We acknowledge that the Government has accepted it was wrong on that count. However, having made this acknowledgement they really should look to fix the problem, rather than merely paper over the worst excesses of it.’
Universities and ITPs funding
‘We are still working our way through the details but on the face of it, but it seems that universities and polytechnics will be getting less money in the future while private training establishments experience a significant increase in funding. We are concerned about public money going to private pockets especially in the face of recent concerns about quality in the private training sector.’
What’s missing - locked out of tertiary education
‘It’s also important to acknowledge what’s missing from this Budget. Our Budget wishlist proposed necessary changes to improve access to tertiary education such as a national First in Family Scholarship, restoring postgraduate allowances and ending age discrimination in allowance and loan access. In its Budget the Government is wilfully ignorant in failing to address the needs of those locked out of tertiary education.’
NZUSA is the national voice of students in tertiary education. The organisation is governed by students’ associations from universities and polytechnics around the country.
ENDS
NZUSA
We stand for opportunity, for all.
NZUSA is the New Zealand Union of Students' Associations, the national body that represents New Zealand's students' associations and the interests of New Zealand's 400,000 students at universities, polytechnics and in trades training.
We conduct original research, advocate to Government and through the media, and support New Zealand's students' associations to be more effective on behalf of their members. We advocate alongside Te Mana Akonga – The National Māori Students' Association, and Tertiary Women New Zealand – The NZUSA Women's Caucus.
Since 1929, we've believed in a society rich in opportunity, where anyone from anywhere can become any thing. We support accessible, affordable quality public tertiary education.
Contact NZ Union of Students' Associations
Twitter:
Phone:
Facebook:
Postal Address:
PO Box 101091 Wellington
Email:
Physical Address:
Level 8 Education House, Wellington, 6011

Next in New Zealand politics

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
National’s Economic Plan For 2020 And Beyond
By: New Zealand National Party
Right To Regulate Vaping But Wrong To Limit Flavours
By: Vaping Trade Association of New Zealand
Vapers Welcome Risk Proportionate Regulation On Vaping
By: Aotearoa Vapers Community Advocacy
Vaping Crackdown Bill Needs Improvement
By: New Zealand Taxpayers' Union
Pacific Communities Will Benefit From Vaping Bill
By: Tala Pasifika
Vaping Crackdown Condemns Another Generation To Smoking
By: ACT New Zealand
ASH Welcomes Vaping Legislation
By: ASH
Ka Pai To Vaping Bill Announcement - Now It’s Time To Work Together
By: Hapai Te Hauora
Cancer Society Responds To Proposed Vaping Regulations
By: Cancer Society
Statement Of Jami-lee Ross - "Spoke Up Now Set Up"
By: Jami-Lee Ross
Foreign donation loophole still wide open
By: Jami-Lee Ross
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media