How do 50,000 people simply disappear?

Last week the Salvation Army released its State of the Nation report Moving Targets. The State of the Nation report is released annually and explores social progress in New Zealand across key indicators of our children, crime and punishment, work and incomes, social hazards and housing. As usual this year’s…

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Benefit Fraud?

Yesterday Radio NZ reported that social media sites in Australia are being monitored in order to identify those committing benefit fraud. The article noted that staff had “trawled though Facebook pages, Twitter streams and eBay accounts, discovering more than $2 million in fraud”. A Checkpoint report raised concerns that similar…

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Worth it to work?

The Marlborough express published an article this week about a struggling mother in Blenheim. She has left the benefit for paid employment, but has found she is only $34 better off per week. The article outlines the difficulty she faces providing for her three children on her wages. It lists…

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