"We're going to starve depressed young people & make them suicidal because we care deeply about them," says #LyinLuxon with a smug smile.
Seriously seriously seriously.
the #NationalPartyOfGhouls IS NOT FIT TO GOVERN EVER
(Thread) Since Nats are denying it, Luxon did confirm that the existing sanctions that currently apply to the work ready on the job seekers benefit under him will apply to those who should be on a sickness benefit but got lumped into the job seekers by the former Nat government.
It's already the case that people on this benefit who are ill can have their benefit stripped from them if they fail to turn up to appointments even if they can't make it as a result of their medical condition and this is under the existing process.
This has resulted in people overdosing on their medication to try to be well enough to make appointments, this has resulted in people who are under doctors orders to stay in bed leaving the house because they're pressed into making an appointment
Case managers at work and income squeeze you, if you are the rare case that managed to find a good one, lucky you. My mate used to be a support worker, she had a case where they were given 1 days notice by their case manager, had a stress seizure and was still expected to go in.
She went with him and against the case managers objections did the speaking for him. A complaint was filed but the employee kept their job after an apology, it wasn't even enough to get him removed off of that case manager. Ask your sick/disabled friends of their experiences.
And now this guy wants to force the additional requirements of the standard job seeker onto these people who to be clear aren't job seekers, they're sick. Just because nats rolled up the sickness ben doesn't change who these people are. They need to be focusing on their health
This is why disability advocates are calling Luxon out, it's objectively a bad move. It's going to result in an increased rate of people who are disabled or sick losing their benefit and not being able to afford rent, food, medication etc becoming homeless
And for what? We already have a job coach program at winz for people who can work. The rate of people on the job seekers is actually going down after peaking in the pandemic, yes he left that part out didn't he.
So all he's really adding on to what we already have is now + harassing the sick and disabled and bringing in a private 3rd party. We do not need tax cuts this badly that we're getting the money from cutting more sick people's benefits.
This also shouldn't be left vs right, this is basic decency vs cruelty. @chrisluxonmp , go talk those with illnesses, go talk to their advocates in the area, go talk to support workers before you quite literally play with lives.
This will result in disabled and sick people going hungry, becoming homeless, not being able to pay their medical bills and ultimately dying.
Thanks @NZNationalParty@cjsbishop@chrisluxonmp you're awful.
Luxon has confirmed to @NewshubNationNZ that benefit sanctions for those who can’t find work WILL apply to those on jobseeker benefits for health reasons. I’ve got some friends he needs to meet…. #nzpol
Why do overseas pundits continue their "takes" forgetting what our strategy was. It was never keep covid out forever. It was keep it out whilst we get vaccinated then open up.
Cases & death rates increasing climbing was always expected.
The point was fewer deaths.
Under the last @NZNationalParty govt they pushed people off the sickness benefit and onto the job seekers benefit increasing the level of harassment sick people deal with.
Now they trying to harass them into working part time.