“..Paula Bennett’s refusal to front up on National Radio this morning and discuss her latest spasm of beneficiary policy is symptomatic of her overall performance as Minister.
The Social Development Minister is happy to announce any number of ‘get tough’ measures for those on benefits -
- but is unwilling to fulfil her own – or her government’s – responsibilities to meet their side of the social bargain.
The policy announced yesterday will require beneficiaries to comply with certain health and early childhood obligations by July 1st next year –
- but without the government taking any responsibility for ensuring that the services involved (a) exist -
- or (b) are priced at a rate that beneficiaries can afford…”
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