Radical new welfare proposals are set to become a defining moment in New Zealand’s history, the Salvation Army says.
A welfare working group will report to the Government tomorrow on options to reshape the welfare system, including tough new rules on getting parents on the domestic purposes benefit back to work.
People still don’t ‘get’ this government, or the character of its Finance Minister (who I suspect is also the de facto Social Welfare Minister, at least in terms of policy development). There will be no defining moment. There will be no radical reform for good or for ill. There will be super-short term cost-cutting, some outsourcing to the private sector and much ineffective tinkering around the margins: compelling solo mothers with dependants over the age of three to go out searching for jobs that aren’t there being a classic example.
Like almost everything this government does, ‘welfare reform’ will be a political advertising campaign and nothing more.