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 sudden proposition to finally raise the age of young people under CYF care comes just months after it voted down attempts to do exactly that, Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.
“It also comes just days after a petition calling for an increase attracted thousands of signatures.
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.
Labour is calling on Associate Immigration Minister Craig Foss to intervene and use his discretion to stop the Mahon family being split up by an uncaring decision, Labour’s Immigration spokesperson Sue Moroney says.
“Immigration New Zealand has denied three-year-old Liam Mahon a visa because he has a rare genetic condition. However, they have granted residency to his 13-month-old brother.
National’s poor performance in appointing women to state sector boards is set to get worse with funding cuts to the nomination service provided by the Ministry for Women, Labour’s Woman’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says.
“Minister for Women Louise Upston should hang her head in shame with today’s announcement that just 41.7 per cent of state sector board appointments were women, when it had already reached 42.2 per cent back in 2008.
The organisation Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has tasked with setting up an emergency hotline for stranded Relationships Aotearoa clients has just lost a bid for a government contract to launch a new national helpline, Labour’s Acting Social Development spokesperson Annette King says.
“Lifeline, one of five agencies MSD is working with to take over clients left in limbo following the closure of Relationships Aotearoa, has been asked to set up a free phone number to help the transition process.
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has serious questions to answer following the forced closure of Relationships Aotearoa just days after her reassurances she was looking at ways to keep the service operating, Labour’s Acting Social Development spokesperson Annette King says.
“It was only this week that Anne Tolley was talking about the possibility of keeping Relationships Aotearoa – New Zealand’s biggest professional counselling group – on as the Government’s preferred nationwide provider. Contingency plans to transition clients were also discussed.
A team of Labour MPs took part in the 2015 World Vision 40 hour famine and we were told by World Vision and the young people, that it was the first time MPs had joined them and how appreciative they were of our support for something they are so passionate about, says Labour’s Youth Affairs spokesperson Louisa Wall.
“The Labour team was Poto Williams, Meka Whaitiri, Nanaia Mahuta and myself and we fasted from Tuesday to Thursday this week.
Revelations that Child, Youth and Family is no longer assisting home-based early childhood educators by vetting potential employees should set alarm bells ringing, Labour Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.
“Doing away with an extra mechanism for checking potential new employees places enormous pressure on organisations working with children and it puts children at risk.