New report on people’s experiences of welfare



New report on people’s experiences of welfare to
launch Friday 9 November

Between 18 and 31
October 2018, 267 people contributed their perspectives,
insights and experiences of the welfare system through a
17-question online survey hosted by ActionStation. The
survey findings show an overwhelming trend of negative
experiences with Work and Income and a desperate lack of
income.

Of those who contributed and had first-hand
experience of the welfare system:
• Four out of five
had negative experiences.
• 84 percent of people said
they do not currently receive enough income to live with
dignity and participate fully in the community.
• 70
percent experienced a lack of transparency and access to
information, particularly about their rights.
• 64
percent experienced a lack of care or compassion from WINZ
staff.
• 63 percent had experienced feelings of
judgment or stigma from the public.
• 54 percent
experienced long waiting lists or difficulties finding a
suitable time with a case worker.

Based on the
stories and previous research conducted by Child Poverty
Action Group, the report recommends that the Government:

1. Substantially improve core benefits;
2. Remove all
sanctions;
3. Ensure that all benefits and all parts of
Working for Families (WFF) are indexed annually to prices
and wages;
4. Remove the hours of paid work criteria from
the WFF In-Work Tax Credit and extend it to all low-income
families;
5. Treat adults in the benefit system as
individuals without penalising them for being in a
partnership;
6. Focus on what will give children better
outcomes and less on moving their carers into paid
work;
7. Ensure that applicants receive all the
assistance to which they are entitled; and
8. Allow
people on benefits to earn more from paid work before their
benefits are reduced.

ALSO READ   Revealed: The world's most powerful passports for 2018 (and where Ireland ranks)

The final version will be
launched to the public and available for download at www.welfareforwellbeing.org

© Scoop Media

 

On the big picture, the poll predictions were dead right. In the end, the Democratic Party won a clear victory in the House, and lost as expected in the Senate, where it had been defending at least 10 seats in regions that had voted heavily for Trump in 2016.

Obviously, the fairytale outcome didn’t eventuate. The wishful thinking that a Big Blue Wave would wash over the entire country and erase the nightmare of the Trump era was dashed early on… More>>



READ SOURCE

Leave a Reply