Australia news and "Jobseeker to be boosted by $50 per fortnight"

M.R.M. made this Official Information request to Ministry of Social Development

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From: M.R.M.

Dear Ministry of Social Development,

Today's news broadcast that in Australia "Jobseeker to be boosted by $50 per fortnight.

When is the Ministry of Social Development going to do the same for New Zealander's trying to survive on basic grants? Covid-19 has put thousands out of work, and is keeping thousands from working, and it is a fact that the cost of inflation is soaring ... our council's for instance in the Waikato want massive increases again this year. How are people living on benefits supposed to meet these expenses and not lose their homes?

I would like to suggest that the quickest and most affordable way to do this is to reduce the amount of tax deducted from all Ministry of Social Development basic grants.

Yours faithfully,

M.R.M.

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Ministry of Social Development

Kia ora M.R.M.

Thank you for your request. This matter will be addressed as correspondence by the Chief Executive of the Ministry of Social Development, as the questions asked are not for information. You can expect a response in due course.

Official and Parliamentary Information team   |  Ministerial and Executive Services
Ministry of Social Development

Our Purpose:
We help New Zealanders to be safe, strong and independent.
Manaaki Tangata, Manaaki Whānau.

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Ministry of Social Development


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Tēnā koe MRM

 

Please find a reply on behalf of the Chief Executive of the Ministry of
Social Development attached.

 

We have copied below the weblinks mentioned in the attached letter, so
that you can more easily access the information contained within them:

 

[1]www.msd.govt.nz/about-msd-and-our-work/publications-resources/information-releases/welfare-overhaul-update-on-progress-and-long-term-plan.html

 

[2]www.govt.nz/browse/housing-and-property/getting-help-with-housing/getting-a-rates-rebate/

 

[3]https://check.msd.govt.nz/

 

Nā mātou noa, nā

Ministerial and Executive Correspondence

 

 

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From: M.R.M.

Dear Info (MSD),

Thank you for your reply.

While you have been generous in providing commentary and other information, as well as links, you have not answered my core question which I am repeating below:

When is the Ministry of Social Development going to do the same (as Australia has done by boosting its Jobseeker by $50 per fortnight) for New Zealander's trying to survive on basic grants?

Yours sincerely,

M.R.M.

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From: Info (MSD)
Ministry of Social Development

Kia ora M.R.M.

 

Thank you for your further email.

 

We have no further comment to add to our letter dated 12 March 2021.

 

Nā mātou noa, nā

Ministerial and Executive Correspondence

Ministry of Social Development

 

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From: M.R.M.

Dear Info (MSD),

Your response to my simple question is rude. A simple answer is what I anticipated receiving.

Can you please tell me whether or not the MSD is planning to boost the Jobseeker support payment by $50 or a similar lesser figure per fortnight at any time in the foreseeable future? A "yes" or "no" answer is what I'm looking for here.

Yours sincerely,

M.R.M.

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