Election asks: Income support

We asked political parties about making sure everyone has what they need to build their best lives.

These are the questions we sent. When we get responses from the parties, we’ll add them to this page.

Will you…

Remove benefit sanctions as recommended by the Welfare Expert Advisory Group?

Increase basic benefit levels and ensure they are maintained at liveable levels?

Maintain the age of superannuation eligibility at 65 years?

Forgive debt to MSD and revise the supplementary grant system so that people don’t have to get into debt to the government to meet their basic needs?

How will you…

Address the current inequity between people who have to leave work because of an accident and people who have to leave work because of illness?

The results are in 

Here's what that parties had to say 

Question  Greens  Labour  National  Act 
Remove benefit sanctions as recommended by the Welfare Expert Advisory Group? Yes  Have not announced policy yet No   
Increase basic benefit levels and ensure they are maintained at liveable levels? Yes  Yes  No  No 
Maintain the age of superannuation eligibility at 65 years? Yes  Yes  No  No 
Forgive debt to MSD and revise the supplementary grant system so that people don’t have to get into debt to the government to meet their basic needs? Yes  Have not announced policy yet No   

How will you? 

Question  Greens  Labour  National  Act 
Address the current inequity between people who have to leave work because of an accident and people who have to leave work because of illness? The Green Party will transform ACC into an Agency of Comprehensive Care, providing a minimum payment of 80% of the full-time minimum wage for everyone not in paid work because of a health condition or disability.

Labour is yet to release its Election Manifesto but, our Government has been committed to supporting and improving working conditions for everyday New Zealanders, despite global economic uncertainty.

Our Government also delivered on a key manifesto commitment to help Kiwis and workplaces stay healthy, by doubling employees’ minimum sick leave entitlement to 10 days.

Having a healthy and well-rested workforce helps employees and businesses. Studies have suggested that people working while sick are 20 per cent less productive and the healthiest workers are up to three times more productive.

National’s priority in health will be to repair the damage done by the Government choosing to prioritise a costly, bureaucratic restructure over delivery on the frontline.

Our goal will be to ensure timely access to quality health care for all New Zealanders.

The ACC system has been effective for New Zealand. We are open to looking at whether the current settings are appropriate..