Nats benefit plans good move

The Stuff poll asks what people think of National’s plans for changing the Domestic Purposes Benefit.

It’s a welcome move (5986 votes, 60.3%)

It will hurt those who need help most (2184 votes, 22.0%)

It doesn’t go far enough (1757 votes, 17.7%)

Stuff polls are not scientific and reflect the opinions of only those internet users who have chosen to participate.
Keeping Stock  posts on the Herald poll which shows 2892 (89%) agreeing sole parents should have to work or undertake training once their children are at school; and 342 (11%) disagreeing.

4 Responses to Nats benefit plans good move

  1. ak says:

    Yep, as you say, it’s a good move for National – in exactly the same way that Brash’s Orewa One speech was. Of course Key has totally repudiated it since, but hey – it got you off 20% in the polls, so it must have been good eh?

    For our most vulnerable brothers and sisters on the DPB, it won’t be so good of course: the very same compulsion regime has been tried before and was an abject failure, while the current method of individual case management has shown good results in both reducing numbers and raising the self-esteem of beneficiaries.
    I can assure you that this proposal will have no effect on the numbers on the DPB – but will definitely increase the levels of insecurity and fear of those who are already performing our most difficult yet crucial task single-handed – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
    Do you put your skinniest stock in your shortest paddock Homie? How about a bit of compassion, or even common sense – very few wilfully choose this difficult path. I can assure you that there but for the grace of God goes you or I.

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  2. macdoctor01 says:

    Hi AK47. Long time, no abuse. Been on holiday at the taxpayers expense have we? “Vulnerable brothers and sisters on the DPB” – you’re such a laugh-riot.

    Surely even you know that “the current method of individual case management” is an utter waste of time and the only true way to raise the self-esteem of beneficiaries is to find them some work. Its certainly the only way to get them out of the poverty trap they are in.

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  3. Yahoo has a similar poll which was all good news for National.
    The way they are squealing the left sem to think National was going to be truly evil, when their plans are actually quite modest compared to those planned by Gordon Brown.

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  4. JC says:

    From memory, it’s only us, Aussie, Ireland and the UK that don’t have a return to work for the vulnerable bros and sisters.. and Oz and the UK are about to introduce work for solo parents. So we are about where Romania was 20 years ago, isolated and insulated from best practice. Even that hell hole doyen of rampant capitalism Sweden requires work from solos and employs 50% more of them than we do. The OECD has also seen fit to point out we make poor use of human capital.

    JC

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