Work ethic better than welfare dependency for families

Radio NZ 28 Feb 2012
Lobby groups against poverty say the latest slew of changes to welfare undermine beneficiary parents and penalise their children. The Government has announced the first stage of welfare changes that will be introduced to Parliament next month. The legislation will require sole parents on the Dependent Purposes Benefit to look for part-time work once their child turns five – and full-time work once they turn 14. The chief executive of Business New Zealand, Phil O’Reilly, says the issue of welfare reform needs to be debated without prejudice.

Family First says that if the part-time work requirements can be arranged around school obligations, it will give a good work ethic, can raise household income, and that beneficiary bashing is when we lock people into long term welfare dependency and the negative outcomes that can be associated with that



3 comments for “Work ethic better than welfare dependency for families

  1. vera boyd
    27 February 2012 at 1:25 pm

    The major concern is that when parents have to go to work full time when child is 14, what happens to the mirriade of teens who will be walking the street, lack supervision. I can’t imagine the teenagers being willing to go to after school programmes. I see a bit of a disaster in the making. It is already happening to a degree, what will happen in the future

  2. Bob
    27 February 2012 at 1:48 pm

    Exactly! We make that point in our media release 🙂

  3. 27 February 2012 at 8:35 pm

    I feel sad when I try to imagine what may happen now to some of our young ‘uns! Yes I agree work ethic is good for the soul! I hope someone hurriedly gets some work organised and tutoring academies!

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