New Zealand is a generous and caring nation which endeavours to provide a safe healthy environment for the nurture of all New Zealanders. Part of that care is a welfare system that meets the basic needs of those who are unable to provide for themselves, or assistance for those who need help.
New Conservative’s intention for welfare is to provide a safety net and short to medium term support to empower people in difficulty to discover, or return to, the dignity of personal independence and prosperity. It may look like a hand out, but it must be a hand up. Welfare support must never entrap people in benefit dependency.
New Conservative would restore the requirement for people to be actively seeking work in order to claim the Job Seeker Benefit. Beneficiaries would be required to attend a work centre regularly to ensure they are either looking for work or doing further training. Work programmes would be explored to make sure that the government is not funding those who are not willing to participate in meaningful work.
The high rate of child abuse and over-representation of children from single-parent homes in negative statistics shows that we must do things differently to get better results.
New Conservative believes that the best place for a solo mother with a baby is with her immediate family. Where that is not possible, New Conservative would offer benefit-dependent, struggling solo mothers support in residential accommodation with a suitably trained/experienced couple as hosts.
This offer of supportive accommodation is to provide a safe haven for solo mothers who have no other option for a stable home environment for both themselves and their child. This would provide the following advantages:
- Backup and training in raising the child.
- Opportunity to complete education.
- Gain work training.
- Stayovers would not be allowed, to minimise the access that potential predators may have to a vulnerable mother and their child.
- Budgeting skills could be taught.
- There would be community and connectedness.