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Insight for 20 May 2012 - Welfare Reforms ( 27′ 32″ )
Ian Telfer asks whether plans to get solo parents into paid jobs will work.
In its coming Budget, the Government will set aside close to $300 million for welfare reforms, which aim to get single parents and teenagers off benefits and into work.
New laws being debated in Parliament would mean from October, more than 30,000 sole parents will have to try to find a job or have their payments cut.
Parents on the Domestic Purposes Benefit will need to find part-time work when their youngest child turns 5 year, full-time work from when the child turns 14, and mothers who have a baby while already on the benefit will only be given one more year at home with that child.
But will the plan work? And with rising unemployment, will there be jobs for the parents to go to?
In this pre-Budget Insight programme, Dunedin reporter Ian Telfer talks to beneficiaries in the city about the changes to find out how much they know, what they will do and how they feel about being pushed back to work.
Coming Up on Insight
8:12 am Sunday 23 June: Insight: Stopping Abuse of People with a Disability
In the past few months, the media has focused on cases of abuse involving at least four disability support service providers.
Back in 2006, another support provider was under the spotlight facing allegations that two residents had choked to death and of medical mistreatment.
Reviews were carried out then and now, 7 years later, another review into the more recent incidents will be finished in September.
But will this review really change anything? Philippa Tolley speaks to families, providers, staff and advocates to find out how good the support offered now is and what needs to change to prevent abuse of the vulnerable in the future.