The much talked about "welfare reform" from the National Party has turned into a bit of an underwhelming damp squib for me:
Parents on the domestic purposes benefit would instead get 'Sole Parent Support' until their youngest turned 14.
Solo parents would be required to undergo work testing when their child turned one and would be expected to work at least part time when their youngest was five.
The term 'invalids benefit' would also be scrapped and those with permanent, severe disabilities and terminal illnesses would instead receive a "supported living payment."
They would not face work obligations". NZ Herald
Why wouldn't you make solo parents look for work after 12 weeks? People with jobs regularly go back to work to provide for the family and it seems a tad bizarre that solo parents would have the luxury of 5 years looking after little Johnny or Susie at home while the rest of us wage slaves only see our kids in the morning and evenings.
It seems like a good start but incentives really need to be focused on making it harder for Mums to pop out kids on the DPB and easier if one chooses to be honest with others and themselves and work for a living to support themselves and their family.
I wait in hope.
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