Overseas evidence shows there are serious risks around the Government's plan to sell off state houses to social housing providers, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says.
“In the Netherlands – where community housing providers supply the majority of social housing – there has been massive mismanagement in recent years. This has included cost blow outs, allegations of personal enrichment and €1.2 billion of losses which resulted in thousands of houses being sold to foreign speculators.
The Prime Minister’s statement in Parliament yesterday that a Minister who paid a facilitation payment to unlock a free trade agreement would retain his confidence is an abhorrent development in the Saudi sheep scandal, Opposition leader Andrew Little says.
Following the tragic death of Emma-Lita Bourne, Labour is today resubmitting its healthy homes Bill and calls on the Government to immediately adopt it.
“This Bill will ensure every rental property in New Zealand – whether it is a state house or private rental – meets minimum standards of heating and insulation,” Labour Leader and the Bill’s sponsor Andrew Little says.
National has hit the panic button for its 7th Budget in a desperate attempt to look like they’re taking action to reduce our shameful child poverty rates, but they are giving with one hand and taking with the other, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says.
“Lifting benefits is important but at the peak of the economic cycle all incomes should be rising. Helping lift our most vulnerable people shouldn’t have to come at the cost of those just a couple of rungs up the ladder.