Food parcel families made poor choices?

Is John Key correct?

Or is he in denial about the effect of rising prices (including GST and the effects of the ETS), and the breakdown of families and resulting poverty levels

Food parcel families made poor choices, says Key
NZ Herald Feb 17, 2011 
Prime Minister John Key says beneficiaries who resort to food banks do so out of their own “poor choices” rather than because they cannot afford food. Mr Key made the comment when asked in Parliament yesterday about poverty levels. When Labour’s social development spokeswoman Annette King asked about Salvation Army reports of high demand for food parcels, Mr Key responded by saying it was true that the global recession meant more people were on benefits. “But it is also true that anyone on a benefit actually has a lifestyle choice. If one budgets properly, one can pay one’s bills. And that is true because the bulk of New Zealanders on a benefit do actually pay for food, their rent and other things. Now some make poor choices and they don’t have money left.”


1 comment for “Food parcel families made poor choices?

  1. Elizabeth
    17 February 2011 at 1:34 am

    Ha! I love this, Key has his own little fantasy in his head about this. I’d like to give him my budget and see what he thinks. I know that I cannot afford what Work and Income have as their guideline for a food budget ($10 adult $5 child per day), other wise I could not afford my other essentials like electricity and I’m not as bad off as some in this country. If I need clothing or food or medical care I have to scrape around in my household budget to find it and quite often ask friends and family to gives these things as presents for birthdays or Christmas. I would also like to know what things Key thinks are essential for a family that they should not be without? No doubt there are people who make bad choices but does that mean they should be denied food? Better perhaps to utilise the free budgeting courses or even make the benefits on a par with the rising cost of goods and food. Now there’s a thought!

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