Inequality is a bit of a buzzword at the moment. Some say it’s going up. Some say it has been flat for years. What do we really know? Watch this to find out.
The idea for an unconditional basic income (UBI) is not new – it has been around since at least the 1960s. Its time seems to have finally come as the international calls for the UBI continue to mount – and they are coming from those on all sides of the political spectrum. In developing countries […]
We hear a lot about inequality, but we don’t do a good job of looking beyond inequality of income. In this Whiteboard Friday, Jess looks at the missing pieces of the inequality puzzle. Care about equality? Watch this video.
The response from the Left to the Government proposals to trial new ways of delivering social services (such as social impact bonds and social housing) has been disappointing to say the least. Instead of being constructive about possibly useful new tools they have shown us again that they’re stuck in the rut of political point […]
The challenge facing our younger generations is how to stop my generation plundering the government accounts to an extent never seen before. We hold the votes – who ya gonna call? One solution might be for a younger generation party to seize the balance of power and then introduce a maximum voting age. It’s not […]
When we look at our social welfare regime it is full of inequity, so much so that it can be viewed as a tax on poverty. We maintain a mix of targeted benefits, including the dole, invalids, solo parent, Working for Families, and universal entitlement (NZ Superannuation) benefits. This suggests that on the one hand […]
Some numbers from the budget have been doing the rounds on social media, showing that high income earners pay the lion’s share of income tax. No surprises there. But does that mean rich people pay their fair share? The income tax system only captures PAYE earners – people with a job. There are 3 major […]
Today saw the release of the OECD report about Aotearoa New Zealand. As a part of being part of the rich countries club, we get a regular economic check up from the OECD doctor. So, everyone please pop on this robe, hop up on the table, take a deep breath and give us a cough… […]
Budget 2015 has been touted as a package for the poor. And it certainly delivers them more money. However, it gives with one hand and takes away with the other, revealing the confusing and perverse nature of our welfare system. Ultimately the system itself is broken, and an Unconditional Basic Income is the only answer […]
This week Canterbury Community Law published some research on what it was like to be a beneficiary in the Canterbury region. While the research was not representative of all beneficiaries’ experiences in New Zealand, it does highlights the dehumanising, belittling, confidence sapping, and stigmatising experience that being on welfare can be. It makes for grim […]