The Government has added an opt-out clause to the new Winter Energy Payment that will be available to superannuitants and beneficiaries from July next year.
New Zealanders, on average, are wealthier than ever before, but more of us rely on a benefit to survive. A new report suggests that, to address the growing inter-generational welfare issues, a longer-term approach is needed. Shane Cowlishaw reports.
Now in charge of the social development portfolio, Carmel Sepuloni wants to change the way those on benefits are viewed by the public. She explains to Shane Cowlishaw how she’ll do it.
Almost $1 billion is owed in child support by people living overseas, with one person in debt for $4.3 million. What impact does this have on parents struggling to raise their children and how is the Government tackling the issue?
The Accommodation Supplement, a benefit that has remained unchanged for a decade, could be in line for a shake-up at the Budget. But how do you fix something that is “hamstrung”?
The debate over the sale of state houses and the associated reform of Income Related Rents got another kick along yesterday with Prime Minister John Key following up on Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett's weekend comments by saying sales to community groups would be discounted and the reforms would increase the amount of available social housing.
Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett has given a few more details on the Government's evolving plans to sell thousands of state houses and shift Income Related Rents from Housing NZ to community housing providers.
New Housing NZ Minister Bill English is pushing ahead with reforms to the Government's NZ$18.7 billion stock of state houses that he hopes could ramp up the development of social housing by Iwi and other community-owned housing providers to address a massive shortage of affordable housing.
Prime Minister John Key has created a Housing 'super-group' within cabinet to dramatically ramp up the scale of New Zealand's relatively small social housing sector, potentially funded through the sale of up to NZ$5 billion of state houses.
Despite Australia's new conservative Government flagging a review of its retirement age, Prime Minister John Key has stuck to his view that New Zealand can afford to keep its age of eligibility for an non-means tested New Zealand Superannuation at 65.