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Election: Is our welfare system working?

Last updated 11:40 06/05/2014
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WELFARE CONCERN: Child poverty rates in the top five concerns for New Zealanders in this election year.

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Child poverty is one of the top five concerns for voters in this year's election across the political spectrum, according to a recent poll.

Why is it such a big issue and what needs to happen in welfare policy to get your vote?

The Ministry of Social Development figures show about 295,320 people are currently on benefits.

The system has faced big changes in the past three years, particularly with controversial reforms passed into law last July.

The changes replaced benefit categories with three benefit types and introduced new work expectations and social obligations that would see benefit payments cut if they were not met.

The Government says they are working, with fewer people on benefits. Labour says they are just another example of the Government "beneficiary bashing".

What do you think about our welfare system in New Zealand?

Could more be done to help people find work, and earn a liveable income?

Why do we still have such bad child poverty statistics in New Zealand, and what can be done about it?

Is there a particular welfare issue that would swing your vote if it was addressed?

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