Families currently living in emergency accommodation face being forced out onto the street as motel accommodation in Auckland is filled up by contestants and visitors of the World Masters Games in coming weeks, says Labours social development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni.
“The World Masters Games are very welcome, bringing 25,000 registered contestants with 10,000 travelling supporters to Auckland from April 21-30, but the Government has dropped the ball by failing to plan for the significant impact on families currently receiving emergency accommodation.
The Children’s Commissioner has supported a call from Labour for a child-first approach to policies in order to address persistent and entrenched child poverty, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni.
“Children’s Commissioner Andrew Becroft appeared today at the Social Services Select Committee where he advocated for a more child-centred approach in all policy areas in order to address child poverty.
New research released today shows that beneficiaries are struggling to find long-term employment or go into study after they come off the benefit, and the Government has no plan to help, says Labour’s social development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni.
“SUPERU analysed statistical data of former beneficiaries from 2010 to 2011 to determine the outcomes two years after coming off the benefit. Their findings show that only 33 per cent were in employment, and only 8 per cent were in study.
The Minister for Social Development today confirmed that her new Ministry for Vulnerable Children is essentially a rebrand of CYFS making this a squandered opportunity to better the lives of New Zealand children, says Labour’s spokesperson for Children Jacinda Ardern.
“Anne Tolley has led the public to believe that this new ministry would have what she described as a “much wider brief.” But when asked today in Parliament whether the Ministry would be required to develop a plan to reduce child poverty, the answer was a clear no.
If the Government is truly determined to protect our most vulnerable children recommendations in a report into Child, Youth and Family need to be backed up with proper resourcing, Labour’s Spokesperson for Children Jacinda Ardern says.
The Social Development Minister must urgently step in to resolve serious problems with the new WINZ IT system which is stopping superannuitants and beneficiaries accessing support such as emergency food grants and housing, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni.
“Anne Tolley must take responsibility for these failures as it is affecting a wide range of people including those applying for new benefits.
“Budget advisors are saying they’re dealing with clients in increasingly desperate situations because of these problems.
It’s no surprise that today’s report on family violence finds Government agencies have to better coordinate when funding to anti-family violence networks was cut by two-thirds, says Labour’s spokesperson on Sexual and Domestic Violence Poto Williams.
“Agencies that deliver victim services were desperately underfunded. This goes to the heart of the Family Violence Death Review Committee’s finding that these agencies have to work better to prevent family violence.