- Is New Zealand the better for the policies of beneficiary bashing and sactions this government has enacted?
- Is it more economic to persue the benefit fraudsters or those who avoid tax - considering that tax avoidance is costing our economy far more but is rarely persued to recoup the loss or convict the avoider?
- And is our welfare system still delivering the goal set in 1972, that everyone is able to enjoy a standard of living much like that of the rest of the community or is it condemning generation after generation to a life entrapped in poverty?
I want you to consider if the situation today is something you are comfortable with and what are the consequences for your children and grandchildren in years to come if we allow poverty to further entrench in our society.
I want to refer you to two other blog posts I have written about my experience and reflections with our welfare system:
- When Life Gives You Lemons, Dealing With WINZ Sucks Even More
- An Open Letter to Anne Tolley, the Minister for Social Development - a Ministry that is systematically broken
|I acknowledge that Rod Emmerson drew this very poignant illustration of the reality of family poverty.|
Thanks for being such an awesome commentator of New Zealand, Rod.
And from the essay I quoted previously, I leave you with the symptoms and consequences of poverty....
The symptoms of poverty are clear: acute and chronic health conditions, poor quality housing, low attainment of education success, a greater potential to be either a victim or a perpetrator of crime (or both), increased risk of mental health issues, increased chance of abuse.
And the solutions to solve child poverty....
The solutions to poverty are clear: put children at the centre of all policy developments and implementation plans; stop using the unemployment rate as a mechanism to control inflation and keep wages low; increase all benefits to a level which enables a healthy diet to be maintained; increase the minimum wage to the level of the living wage; ensure free universal access to health, dental care and education; and improve the housing stock of New Zealand by demanding a minimum standard for state and private rentals.