Greens use coronavirus to promote policy (20% benefit increase)

National have been using the coronavirus as an excuse to promote policies like stopping the minimum wage increase and reducing regulations. The Green Party has joined in the opportunism, calling for a 20% increase in benefits – which just hapens to be something they have been promoting for years..

Stuff:  Greens urge huge benefit increase in response

The party are calling on the Government, of which it is a part, to fully implement the recommendations from the Welfare Expert Advisory Group’s report.

That would see benefits boosted across the board at a cost of around $5.2b a year. The current welfare system pays out about $24.5b in benefits a year, including $15.5b for superannuation.

Greens have been calling for substantially higher no questions asked benefits for years.

This proposal isn’t aimed at short term mitigation of the effects of Covid-19 but would be a big ongoing increase in Government spending.

Green co-leader Marama Davidson said given the impact the virus’ associated economic shock might cause for casual workers larger benefits were vital.

“The COVID-19 outbreak and its impact on the income of casual workers shows how flawed our social safety net is,” Davidson said.

I don’t know even how the possible impact on casual workers justifies a huge across the board benefit increase.

“It’s clear we need to change our welfare system, to absorb the impact of unexpected viruses and other issues that crop up in life. Whether it is COVID-19 or something else, our social safety net should be able to support us across the board when we’re struggling.”

The Green Party have long called for the full package of reforms suggested by the advisory group to be enacted.

Such a radical change in benefits should be debated and considered carefully, not rushed in because of the current virus.

Greens must know there’s no chance of rapid adoption of their policy. So this is straight out use of the virus for political campaigning.

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16 Comments

  1. Corky

     /  12th March 2020

    Small businesses being wiped out as I write. Tourism, a major earner…decimated. Let’s not forget service industries reliant on tourism. Imports/ export are a lucky draw at the moment.

    And then we have the Greens wanting a major spend by the gummint. If anyone had doubts about the Greens fiscal intelligence, those doubts have been confirmed.

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    • Duker

       /  12th March 2020

      Ahhh the ups and downs of capitalism Corky , surely you arent suggesting we allow profits to be private while losses are socialised ( shared amoung taxpayers)

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      • David

         /  12th March 2020

        Profits are taxed so surely are socialized as they are doled out to people who either dont need it, winter power payment, and to people who chose lifetsyles that taxpayers have to fund.
        you cant bemoan some tax relief in the face of a global pandemic that is going to temporarily decimate an industry. Perhaps a deferral so the business can survive the short term disruption so they can quickly gear up when the pandemic has passed would benefit workers as much as their bosses.

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      • Pink David

         /  12th March 2020

        “we allow profits to be private while losses are socialised ”

        The profits are solicalised.

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        • Duker

           /  12th March 2020

          Taxes are just an expense …like any other cost . Petrol is taxed because the users use the roads, business needs the government as much as the pensioner.
          Government giving money to business used to be panned because it was picking winners….sometimes it was just picking winners by crony capitalism…see Chorus and its $940 mill, Comalco and its $30 mill, Media works and its $12 mill hand out and Skycity who were picked to run a convention centre

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          • David

             /  12th March 2020

            On that basis Duker then bailing out businesses are just another expense for the government. You cant have it both ways especially as that what you accusing others of doing.

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          • Pink David

             /  12th March 2020

            I’m not talking about the taxes. Profits are socalised. That is the purpose of a company.

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  12th March 2020

      UK Govt is scrapping council business rates for small businesses. Business rates are a rort that should have been stopped long ago and are one of the factors killing retail shops compared with online shopping.

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      • Duker

         /  12th March 2020

        Its only for small businesses with rateable vale 51,000 pounds and under. Its only about 10% of businesses.

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  12th March 2020

          He also extended the scheme to cover tens of thousands of other businesses in the leisure and hospitality sectors – which have been particularly hard-hit by a slump in trade during the virus outbreak – including theatres, museums, art galleries, caravan parks, gyms, small hotels and B&Bs, sports clubs, nightclubs and guesthouses.

          The Government will reimburse local authorities for revenue lost through the rate cut.

          Mr Sunak said that nearly half of all business properties in England and Wales would “not pay a penny of business rates” over the next year – around 800,000 premises. He added that a “fundamental review” of business rates will be carried out, to be completed by the next budget in the autumn.
          and
          Many small businesses, such as independent hairdressing salons, already pay little or no business rates because of Small Business Rates Relief.

          To help those businesses survive the crisis, the Government will give £3,000 to 725,000 traders, equivalent to three months’ rent for a premises with a rateable value of £12,000.

          The total cost of the grants will be £2.2 billion.

          https://www.telegraph.co.uk/politics/2020/03/11/budget-2020-chanceller-throws-multibillion-pound-cash-lifeline/

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          • Duker

             /  12th March 2020

            Keynes wins yet again

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            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  12th March 2020

              There are times to spend and times to save. Few would disagree this is now the former. The Brits are certainly being bold and ambitious under Johnson and Cummings.

  2. Zedd

     /  12th March 2020

    politics 101..
    I support the Greens push, to increase benefits. BUT typical response from Natl. using every excuse to ‘beneficiary BASH !!’
    It was interesting to hear (Q-time) talk of Natl maybe increasing GST (IF they get back in, on 19/9); moving more tax liability to the poorest.. who likely don’t vote for them ? 😦

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    • David

       /  12th March 2020

      Be good to have gst at 25% and paye taxes at 10% so we can collect from all the crooks, drug dealers, restaurants, bottle stores and tourists and lighten the load on the locals.

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  3. Kitty Catkin

     /  12th March 2020

    The 5.2 billion would cripple the poor sods who had to pay for it.

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  4. artcroft

     /  12th March 2020

    Winston won’t allow it anyway.

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