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Invite - Benefit Sanctions: creating an invisible underclass of children?

Plese join us for the launch of our latest policy monitoring report:

Benefit Sanctions: creating an invisible underclass of children?

Hear from:

Diane Robertson, Auckland City Mission CEO

Assoc Prof Mike O'Brien, CPAG Social Security Spokesperson

Tuesday 22 Oct, 6.30pm

Auckland City Mission, Training Rooms - 195 Federal St, Auckland CBD

RSVP here

Download the full report here

Hardcopies ($10 each) can be pre-ordered by emailing .

Recent changes to social security have meant social assistance payments for many beneficiaries, including beneficiaries with children, are now conditional on meeting certain obligations.

These obligations are backed up by financial sanctions, which result in benefit payments being far less secure for households with children. Using data obtained under the Official Information Act, CPAG accesses who has been affected by the sanctions regime, including children who - through no fault of their own - inevitably bear the brunt of sanctions intended to penalise parents.

Given the lack of publically available information on benefit sanctions - the type applied and to whom, this report provides a glimpse into what has occurred since their introduction in 2010. It critically reflects on their rationale, implementation, and monitoring, and urges an unwavering focus on children's well being rather than an 'unrelenting focus on work' should be at the heart of social policy.

Speakers:

Diane Robertson, Auckland City Mission CEO

Assoc Prof Mike O'Brien, CPAG Social Security Spokesperson

The report itself will be available online free of charge from www.cpag.org.nz that evening Hardcopies ($10 each) can be pre-ordered by emailing admin@cpag.org.nz