St Anne's Pantry has joined a super group of unions, children’s organisations, service providers and church groups calling on the government to raise benefit rates before Christmas.
The NGOs have signed an open letter addressed to PM Jacinda Ardern, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni and Minister for Finance Grant Robertson stating the situation is urgent.
We have responded to this letter as follows:
The open letter lists record breaking unemployment increases, and the surge in demand for emergency hardship grants and youth homelessness support as reasons for the government to increase income support rates.
The open letter finishes by stating “Before the election, the Labour party has consistently said there's more work to be done to lift families out of poverty. You now have the mandate and opportunity to do so. Please increase income support before Christmas.”
Signatories to the open letter include:
Terry Alve E: firstname.lastname@example.org M: 027 944 4996
For interview with other organisational spokespeople contact:
Ruby Powell, email@example.com, 0221027414
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