What the DPB will pay under Labour

January 28th, 2014 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

Labour’s baby bribe doesn’t just apply to those working and earning $148,000 a year, but also to those not in work.

One thing that interested me is how much money would someone on the DPB Sole Earner Benefit receive under Labour with their new policy. This excludes childcare subsidies or the like, and is just direct welfare payments. For someone in Auckland and with 1 or 2 children it would be:

  • DPB $295
  • Accom Supplement $160 (1) or $225 (2)
  • Family Tax Credit $98 (1) or $166 (2)
  • Baby Bribe $60

That is a total of $613 a week in the hand if they have one child aged under 3 and $746 in the hand for two children under three.

If you gross that up to an equivalent pre-tax wage, that is around $37,500 if you have one child and $45,700 if you have two children on the DPB.

The Greens would go further. They want the IETC for working parents paid to those on the DPB also. That would increase the equivalent gross salary to $41,000 for being on the DPB and having one child, if you are receiving the maximum accommodation supplement in Auckland.

30 years on the DPB

September 21st, 2011 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

The Waikato Times reports:

A single Waikato mother of six children has been receiving benefits for almost 30 years.

She is one of an army of long term Waikato beneficiaries revealed in information released to the Waikato Times under the Official Information Act.

Social Development Ministry statistics show 1647 people in the region have been receiving some form of benefit for 15 years or more.

A further 1500 have been on it for between 10 and 15 years, 3655 between five to 10 years, 6309 between two to five years and 12,904 for less than two years.

Nationally, welfare payments cost taxpayers about $7.6 billion a year.

The case of the solo mum who has been on the DPB for 30 years makes me curious. Did she have six children to the one partner, and then he left her or died? Probably not, as then you would not be on the DPB for 30 years.

So presumably up to five of the children she has had, were while on the DPB. Not to get the DPB you have to be effectively “single” and not in a relationship with someone. So who are the fathers of the six children and are they contributing to their upkeep?

I have no problems with having the DPB available to solo parents who find themselves without a partner for reasons of death or divorce/separation. I do have a real problem with solo parents who have multiple children while receiving the DPB. Now I’m not advocating no support in these circumstances because that may punish the kids. But I do think there needs to be a disincentive to continue having children if you are unable to support them yourself.

Middle Class Witches

August 10th, 2009 at 2:38 pm by Tara te Heke

We are not so different.

You don’t work.  Neither do I.

We both wanted children to keep our man happy.  We expected it to mean forever.  That the word is bond.

You live in Remuera in your big mansion, I live up the hill overlooking you in Orakei.  We share the same view.

You drive a Mercedes and it guzzles gas, I drive a Mazda-bator and it leaks oil.

We drive the same road you and I.  The same side.  The same direction.  Under the same rules.

You are happily a beneficiary of your husband and his labour.  I am reluctantly a beneficiary of the State, the taxpayer and theirs.

You go to lunch with your friends by the water, drink champagne and nibble at salad and woodfire pizza. I have lunch on my lawn overlooking the water with my mates drinking beers from the bottle shop and pizza from the Pizza Hut.

Your friends compliment Parnell resident John Key and how he’s getting on.  My friends and I discuss how lucky John Key is that he couldn’t get pregnant while living in a State House.

When you need help you call the cleaner, the gardener, the plumber and the nanny.  I can only call my mother and she can’t help today.  She says sorry.

You worry about your kids getting into Kings.  I worry about my kids getting to school at all.

Your kids get to go to Kings.  If Housing NZ decided to move us, mine could go next door to Otahuhu.

If my children work hard they could sit next to yours at University.  The same place.

You worry about your husband working late, not getting home and helping you with the kids.  My man was at the pub with his friends as well.

You worry about your husband and the new secretary.  I worry about my man and the next woman just like me.

Your husband says sorry with diamonds and holidays.  My man beats me and the children and I leave.

Will you when he treats you badly?

Or will you stay for the money?  The prestige?  To just not be like me.  Alone with children.

You leave and get half of everything you haven’t earned and gain the sympathy of your friends.  I leave and have to go to welfare and gain the disdain of the nation.

We are not so different.

You and I.