Amy Adams MP

Going backwards says MP

by Mike Isle

The wellbeing of some Selwyn residents is going backwards says the electorate’s member of parliament Amy Adams.

“The number of people waiting for public housing in Selwyn has nearly doubled under the current government,” Adams said.

“This situation has been mirrored in regions all across New Zealand with an additional 10,000 individuals on the public housing register in December 2018, compared with December 2017.

“While the overall numbers for Selwyn remain low compared with other regions, it is concerning to see such a marked percentage rise.

“These figures combined with a 36% increase in people in Selwyn receiving a Jobseeker benefit show that, despite the government’s rhetoric, the wellbeing of some of our residents is going backwards,” said Adams.

“It is easy for the government to talk up its focus on wellbeing, but the reality is that people are waiting longer for social housing, and the unemployment rate is increasing.

“Having a house to live in and having a job are basic measures of wellbeing and the government’s policies are delivering the exact opposite of what they claim to be.”

The Ministry of Social Development website states that nationwide as of March 31 2019, they had 11,067 applications on the Housing Register — an increase of 40.3 per cent on the same time last year. The number of Jobseeker recipients increased 10.9 per cent to 131,270 for the same period.