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Solo Mothers on the Benefit w/ Georgie Craw: September 24, 2019

Solo Mothers on the Benefit w/ Georgie Craw: September 24, 2019

Solo Mothers on the Benefit w/ Georgie Craw: September 24, 2019 Solo Mothers on the Benefit w/ Georgie Craw: September 24, 2019, 15.67 MB
Tuesday, September 24, 2019

The current benefits system is from a different time, harking back to times of World Wars and the Great Depression. The most common recipient of the benefit is no longer a male Pākehā war hero, but rather solo mothers, and disproportionately mothers who are Māori, Pasifika or have disabilities. These women are subjected to intrusive investigations, probing questions, regulations that keep them from seeking work, and policies that keep them from pursuing meaningful relationships.

95bFM reporter Rachel Simpson spoke to Georgie Craw, executive officer of Child Poverty Action Group. The group recently released a briefing paper calling for the government to take urgent action on the benefits system, which was delivered to the Prime Minister’s electoral office, along with a petition signed by 8,000 people.