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Families Left Vulnerable By Government Inaction

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Annette King
Annette King

The Government needs to do more to help those who are losing their jobs in the recession, Labour Social Development spokesperson Annette King says.

"The latest Vulnerability Report shows that 200,000 children are living in hardship and that number is expected to rise as more parents lose their jobs," Annette King said.

"The Government proudly announced its 16 week Restart package in December last year, but since then it has done little to help those who lose their jobs gain employment or assistance.

"We know that 1000 Kiwis a week are losing their jobs but very few of those end up receiving the Restart package. So far only 1500 people have benefitted from this short-term assistance package. Instead it is falling to organisations such as churches and women's refuge to pick up the pieces.

"Paula Bennett has said money has been made available for social service organisations to apply for. But the reality is the majority of that money is tied up in a contingency fund managed by Bill English.

"Why would the Government withhold money from social services during a recession and place it in a contingency fund?

"If Paula Bennett and Bill English have put the money promised to social service organisations away for a rainy day then someone needs to tell them its not only raining its pouring.

"Families are struggling, children are living in hardship but so far the best we have had from this Government is a Jobs Summit that achieved nothing and an assistance package most people losing their jobs can't access.

"Its time for New Zealand to see some real action from the Government on jobs and assistance," Annette King said.

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