corin_dann_interviews_bill_english_22By Andrew Tait

Workers on welfare will get an extra $25 a week. This is the “take home message” of Budget 2015. After promising a “boring Budget”, and downplaying any expectations of help for children in poverty, Bill English has delivered a substantial increase to the money struggling families will receive.
Of course, there are strings attached. The money is a promise still – no-one is getting anything until April Fool’s Day next year. What’s more, in return for an extra $25 a week, solo parents will have to enlist in the workforce when their kids are just 3 years old. At the moment, you can stay at home and look after children until they are old enough to go to school. “Work-ready” testing will be tightened too – in other words, more pointless Winz courses, more hoops to jump through, more impossibly obscure bureaucracy to navigate just to survive from week to week. [Read More…]

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