Yawn. So benefits will cost us $78 billion over the lifetime of the beneficiary will they? It cost $800 000 to write this report and comes from a slush fund of a billion dollars that National have used to pay consultants out of.
How much more will National cost us in consultants over the lifetime of beneficiaries?
Why isn't that a question?
This $78 Billion is supposed to fill the public with disgust and greenlight the vast new changes about to be announced in welfare next week.
The Government have been fluffing talkback land with beneficiary bash after beneficiary bash to prepare them for the seismic shift about to be announced, the Government will pass welfare along to corporate business who will then use all the new disqualification powers to kick thousands off of welfare.
The sudden impact of thousands of welfare recipients being kicked off welfare is going to cause our communities to implode, the private prison business will be the only ones happy with the results of that.
By 2014 NZ will have the highest proportion of prisoners controlled by private prisons in the entire world and Paula is lining up the poor to be their new clients.
These new welfare corporations will receive a bonus when they shrink the list of beneficiaries and disqualifying them for arrest warrants, failed drug tests or not enrolling children in early school education will become the new favorite means for gaining those bonuses.
Paula will do to welfare next week what National have done to ACC, create a system that finds ways to cut people off rather than work as a public service for their well being.
We are building structural cruelty as social policy fanned by bennie bashing talkback dog whistles. The privatization of our welfare state will be a tragedy at a time when inequality is already at historically high levels, it will doom 270 000 children living in poverty to an even worse fate.
Throwing the poorest and weakest onto the street for failing a system constructed to fail them will reap a bitter harvest.