Corrupt NZ National Party Has Declared Full Scale War on the Poor and Vulnerable

The New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS) has released the 21st edition of the Vulnerability Report and finds financial sanctions undermine the Government’s focus on better lives for vulnerable New Zealanders.

The data received from the Ministry of Social Development indicate Work and Income applied 80,202 sanctions to working age main benefit recipients during a fourteen month period [July 2013 to September 2014]: Job seekers (60,255), sole parents (19,551), supported living (33) and other (363). “These are high numbers for such a short timeframe and at best suggest a lack of understanding by Work and Income staff about the real-life stressors many vulnerable people face on a day-to-day”, says Lisa Woolley, President of the Council of Christian Social Services. “The reality of any reduction to an already inadequate income is more debt to cover basic necessities.