4 Dec 2017

Action Against Poverty reacts to Jones' work-for-dole idea

From Morning Report, 6:39 am on 4 December 2017

The Regional Economic Development Minister wants a work-for-the-dole scheme for young people in the regions saying he'll announce the details in the next few weeks.

Shane Jones is proposing the government give beneficiaries work, and top up their dole payments to minimum wage levels.

He suggests suitable work would include planting trees - but won't say what will happen to people who refuse to work.

Vanessa Cole is with Auckland Action Against Poverty and joins us to discuss the issue.