AUCKLAND ACTION AGAINST POVERTY

Media release Thursday 5 September 2013

Auckland Action Against Poverty to make an Impact

 Auckland Action Against Poverty intend to make an impact with beneficiaries and low wage workers next week says AAAP spokesperson Sarah Thompson.

 Following on from our first beneficiary ‘Impact’ last December, we will be hosting our second event:

9am – 4.30pm Tuesday 10 – Wednesday 11 – Thursday 12 September 2013

Work & Income office 5/9 Hugh Brown Drive, New Lynn.

 “During this three day period AAAP, in conjunction with advocates from around the North Island, will provide one-on-one advocacy to beneficiaries, unemployed people and low wage workers who may need assistance with Work and Income issues.

 “Anyone who seeks our support with Work and Income is welcome at next week’s ‘Impact,’ without an appointment. Advocates on duty will do our best to help everyone who turns up, with the assistance of a number of extra staff whom MSD has put on especially for the occasion.

 “As a result of Paula Bennett’s welfare reforms, beneficiaries need advocacy support more than ever. All too often people have been refused legitimate assistance, with benefits being cut left, right and centre.

 “At least 9 out of every 10 people seen by our advocacy service have been incorrectly or unfairly denied assistance. This ranges from being denied a benefit altogether when Work and Income have incorrectly assumed someone is living in a de facto marriage, to Work and Income not applying discretion in a case where a mother needs additional assistance for food.

 “The culture of blame and suspicion which Paula Bennett has whipped up makes it near impossible for people to receive the assistance they are entitled to.”

 ENDS