Labour is calling for the Government to provide evidence-based research to show that moving people off benefits into low-skilled low-paid jobs isn’t creating an underclass of working poor.
“The Salvation Army’s latest State of the Nation report points out that while Working for Families means working parents are better off than those on benefits, growing numbers are moving into poorly paid or casual work which doesn’t in itself reduce hardship, Labour’s Social Development Spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni says.
Labour believes the Government is putting the most vulnerable members of our society at risk by not acting on the advice of officials to urgently make the registration of social workers mandatory, says Labour’s spokesperson for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni.
“The Government has had multiple opportunities to act on this matter, but has chosen to ignore officials. It has also rejected the advice of the sector to make registration mandatory which was a key recommendation in the White Paper on Vulnerable Children.
A new Child Poverty Action Group report released today highlights another example of how our outmoded social welfare system is harming kids, says Labour’s Social Development Spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni.
“The complexities of how a ‘relationship’ is defined in the welfare system and the consequences for children shows how inequities are being created between kids depending on the definition of the relationship their parents are in.