Since the massive privacy breach at the Ministry of Social Development was made public on Sunday 14th October, Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has consistently passed the buck and refused to accept responsibility for the total failure of leadership she has provided. The release of the damning Deloitte Independent Review of Information Systems Security on […]
There was an exchange in the House last week that occasioned some media interest and concern from the public. It took the form of some theatrical antics by cabinet minister Paula Bennett, which prompted a rebuke from the Speaker, Dr Lockwood-Smith. Likening the behaviour of a cabinet minister to that of a three-year-old inevitably caught […]
CYFS is not keeping national records of the numbers of children abused in its care. Meanwhile the Government could be supporting a simple initiative that would help to improve the experiences of children and young people in care through an independent support network.
Yesterday we saw Work and Income boss, Janet Grossman, quit less than a year after being head-hunted from the UK. This succinctly answers our pending question – how is Minister Bennett’s newly appointed Welfare Board going to work with existing management staff in the Department of Social Development? In this case it has become clear. […]
In the confidence and supply agreement with Act, the Government agreed to open up employment services to non-governmental organisations (NGO). Usually NGOs are not-for-profit organisations. Social Development Minister Paula Bennett talked last month about the likely providers of these employment services being community based organisations such as the Salvation Army and iwi. I spoke to […]
When the Government announced their reform plans this week we were hoping to see a reinstatement of the Training Incentive Allowance for higher level courses, as suggested by Social Development Minister Paula Bennett in a Cabinet paper signed off in October last year. It is very disappointing not to see this eventuate. The TIA for […]
Submissions on the Government’s Green Paper for Vulnerable Children close tomorrow. If they urge the Government to address child poverty and inequality, will the Government listen?
Last week, the Associate Minister for Social Development, Chester Borrows, told the House (and by virtue of that the whole country) that beneficiary Tania Wysocki of Pukekohe was getting “the equivalent of a salary of $43,000 a year plus her entitlement to 20 hours’ early childhood education”. He also said that she is no worse […]
The Herald has launched a six part series highlighting inequality and poverty in New Zealand, showing why we need action on the root causes, not the consequences.
The Green Paper for Vulnerable Children should be focused on how to address the root causes of child abuse and neglect – poverty and inequality.