Vicky’s story

This post was transcribed directly from a focus group recording made during my research. The woman’s name has been changed and any information that could potentially identify her has been removed. In places I have inserted words for clarity (enclosed within square brackets), and in others I have taken out…

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Why are we running around for these people?

I am very critical of Work and Income in this blog. While I’m unapologetic about my criticism of the organisation, sometimes I feel that caseworkers disproportionately bear the brunt of disparaging comments that should be more appropriately directed towards their employer. While case managers are the face of Work and…

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Neoliberal New Zealand: no place for the poor

A few weeks ago a reader commented on my Facebook page: “where within the practice of neoliberalism is there room for caring for the poor?” The unfortunate answer is there is no space in neoliberalism for consideration for others. This is a depressing thought when we realise that neoliberalism is…

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Welfare abatement: they want to keep you down

One of the biggest contradictions within our current welfare system is its insistence that beneficiaries find paid work, while simultaneously enforcing policy that disincentivises the supplementation of welfare payments with part-time employment. Although beneficiaries are allowed to earn money while on a benefit, additional income affects their supplementary assistance and the…

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