Beneficiary ‘impact’ in Mangere next week

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Welfare activist group Auckland Action Against Poverty is holding its third beneficiary ‘impact’ next week in Mangere.

9.00am – 4.00pm Tues 5 – Wed 6 – Thurs 7 August

Mangere Work & Income, 93 Mascot Ave

“These are desperate times for people who aren’t getting the support they need and to which they are entitled,” says AAAP spokesperson and co-chair Sue Bradford.

“An ‘impact’ is an intervention in which beneficiary advocates come together from different organisations to help as many people as possible over a concentrated three day period at one Work & Income office.

“We ran two earlier impacts in Onehunga (2012) and New Lynn (2013) in each of which we assisted nearly 300 people over the three days.

“National’s welfare reforms are really bedding in now, and we are expecting to see even more people this time round.”

“Our team of volunteer advocates is bigger than ever this year, with over 40 people involved, while MSD is putting on more than 20 extra staff over the three days.

“People who need help from Work & Income should be treated with respect and get their full entitlements from the minute they walk into any office. Unfortunately, the reality is often very different.

“Paula Bennett’s welfare changes are deliberately designed to keep people off benefits as much as possible, whether they have other means of support or not.

“The downstream consequences can be devastating, and the cold winter is making things even harder for people trying to subsist without adequate income or housing.