Anne Tolley’s description of the Government’s unemployment target as ‘aspirational’ is not only confirmation that National is failing to get people into work, but astonishing in its naivety, Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni.
“Ms Tolley has basically admitted National has given up on getting people into work.
Increasing numbers of single parents are being penalised under a regime that is overly focussed on sanctions rather than getting more people into work, Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni says.
“Figures, obtained through Parliamentary questions show 3000 more sanctions, affecting parents of children, were issued in 2014/15 than in the previous year. Sole parents fared the worst
New requirements for sole parents to undertake a reapplication process after a year is likely to mean a large number will face benefit cancellations, but not because they have obtained work, Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni says.
“Increasing numbers of job seekers going through this process are having their benefits cancelled because of the complexity of the paperwork, not because they found jobs.
The Ministry of Social Development is paying big salaries and forking out hundreds of thousands of dollars on management courses while at the same time looking to hand some services over to a multinational outsourcing company with an appalling track record, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni.
“Fifty three MSD staff are on annual salaries of over $200,000. That is more than double the number (25) who were receiving a similar amount five years ago.
The Cook Island community has been let down by National List MP Alfred Ngaro’s decision not to support a proposal that would have removed a restrictive residency requirement, Labour says.
An amendment to the Social Assistance (Portability to Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau) Bill, put up and supported by Opposition parties, aimed to remove the residency requirement of five years after the age of 50 years.
The private case files of hundreds of Relationships Aotearoa clients are sitting in boxes in offices around the country as the wrangling over their transition to other agencies continues, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni.
"PwC as liquidator has permission to access the files, but there are technical issues around their removal – making a fiction of Social Development Minister Anne Tolley’s assurances no-one would be without support during the handover.
An OECD report highlighting New Zealand’s third highest jobless poverty ranking points out that the Government isn’t following up on people once they go off a benefit, adding to concerns many may not actually be moving into work, Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni says.
“The OECD’s economic survey calls for the Government to better monitor and report on what happens to former Job Seeker beneficiaries.
The Government’s mishandling of the Relationships Aotearoa closure has left hundreds of vulnerable New Zealanders facing uncertain futures today, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni.
“Social Development Minister Anne Tolley and MSD’s Murray Edridge have overseen this fiasco.
The mess surrounding Relationships Aotearoa’s closure is reminiscent of National’s handling of its state house sell off with only one of the five agencies shoulder tapped by the Government to take clients after the closure of Relationships Aotearoa agreeing to step in, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni.
“MSD’s Murray Edridge has talked about difficulties with obtaining the client files from Relationships Aotearoa.