April Fools Day Welfare ‘increases’

After the knee jerk reaction to tanking Polls, the Labour Government are suddenly reminded that the $1Trillion they handed over to the wealthiest…

Wealthy nearly $1 trillion richer since Covid began – Hickey

An economic and political commentator says since the Covid-19 pandemic reached Aotearoa, the rich have become richer and the poor have become poorer – in part due to the Government’s policies.

…has some unfortunate political side effects like all the poor people telling you to fuck off.

So, while Labour makes the richest amongst us $1TRILLION DOLLAR RICHER, let’s examine the crumbs they are bribing the rest of us with…

Government’s mega benefit boost has arrived: Here’s how much incomes are up

Beneficiaries and low-income earners can breathe a sigh of relief now that a raft of policies putting more money in their pockets has finally arrived. 

As of April 1, benefit rates increase by between $20 and $42 per adult per week compared to July last year, while the minimum wage rises from $20 per hour to $21.20, and Working for Families tax credits are bumped up too. 

Then in May, the Winter Energy Payment returns until October – $20.46 a week for eligible single people with no dependents and $31.82 a week for couples and people with dependent children.

…what’s never pointed out in this bullshit propaganda is that these increases barely keep up with inflation and for most beneficiaries, the MSD claws back the increases so most will get a few dollars after MSD takes its cut.

The only silver lining is the half priced public transport as that actually bypasses MSD and puts money straight into people’s pockets without MSD taking their cut.

So Labour enrich the richest with $1Trillion dollars and the rest of us get some crumbs and told to be grateful.

Is this the best we can hope for?

Norman Kirk famously said,

“there are four things that matter to people: they have to have somewhere to live, they have to have food to eat, they have to have clothing to wear, and they have to have something to hope for,”

Is this really the best Labour can do in the shadow of those words?

This is an April Fools Day joke of a welfare announcement.

If you think this pittance is the solution, you are part of the problem.


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