Starving children and evil

I feel remarkably disturbed by the release of the report from the Welfare Working Group.

Given that:

  1. The Domestic Purposes Benefit is designed to be the minimum necessary amount for people to live on.
  2. Currently it increases as additional children are born to cover the increased costs of food, clothing and so on.
  3. The WWG will substantially increase the pressure to get into work earlier.
  4. Failure to comply leads to a cut of the benefit paid in steps down to 0.
  5. These children, whether born to ‘good’ or ‘bad’ parents, still need to be cared for.

Let me be very clear about this – if your policies lead to children starving in a relatively rich country like New Zealand, you’re not just wrong or heartless, but evil.

One final note: some of the people who will be on the Domestic Purposes Benefit by the time these policies are implemented will only be so because they lost their partner in the Christchurch Quake.

5 Responses to “Starving children and evil”

  1. 1Repton on Feb 24, 2011 at 8:33 pm:

    The Dim-Post has a copy of a graph from the WWG report:

    The graph shows pretty clearly that the percentage of women on the DPB has been basically constant since 1990. The only clear increase has been in the invalid’s benefit (and the unemployment benefit, over the last two years).

  2. 2Brenda on Feb 24, 2011 at 8:46 pm:

    yes, what you said, x100

  3. 3Tatjna on Feb 25, 2011 at 9:02 am:

    @Repton Funny how all the increases in that graph coincide with the voting in of a National government.

  4. 4LKH on Feb 25, 2011 at 12:17 pm:

    Nicely said, just to correct you slightly on one point though: if someone has lost a husband or partner they would more than likely be on the widows benefit.
    Haven’t heard anything about the changes they would make to this particular entitlement or whether it falls under the same expectations as DPB.

  5. 5thomas on Feb 25, 2011 at 12:26 pm:

    Hi LKH, thanks for the comment. I’ve done some checking and…

    1. That benefit only applies to women, not men.

    2. From the words of the WWG’s press release: “The establishment of a new single work-focused welfare payment to replace all existing categories of benefit called Jobseeker Support.” I assume that this includes the Widow’s Benefit.