10 Jul 2010

Alternative welfare group set up

5:02 pm on 10 July 2010

A new group that aims to challenge the Government's proposed reforms of the welfare system was launched in Wellington on Thursday.

Earlier this year, the Government set up a Welfare Working Group to look at options for a major overhaul of the welfare system and how it is paid for.

The alternative group, set up by Catholic agency Caritas, representatives of the Anglican Church and the Beneficiary Advocacy Federation, wants beneficiaries and community groups to have their say in the debate.

The Alternative Welfare Working Group says it fears the official working group does not represent those most affected by changes to the benefit system. It also says the terms of reference of the official working group are too narrow.

The group plans to make submissions to the Government by the end of the year.