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ACT The Liberal Party Heather Roy

Advocate continued state support for those with chronic conditions who are genuinely incapable of supporting themselves
For the able-bodied, introduce 5-year lifetime limits for reliance on welfare in respect of unemployment and domestic purposes benefits
Welfare beneficiaries who are able to do so, should be required to work full time or undertake a 40-hour week of work activity
Require regular interviews with case managers for those on the sickness benefit for more than six months
Further limit eligibility for the domestic purposes benefit by requiring a mother to name the father of her child

Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand Sue Bradford

Investigate the implementation of a Universal Basic Income for every New Zealander
Repeal the much amended, complex and cumbersome Social Security Act 1964, and replacing it with a new and clearly written Social Security Act
Make the first $5000 of everyone's income tax-free as part of ecological tax reform, which will help reduce problems with abatement rates
Maintain universal New Zealand Superannuation for all New Zealanders 65 years and older, adjusted annually in accordance with movement in the Consumer Price Index published by the Department of Statistics
Introduce a Universal Child Benefit of $15 per week for the first child and $10 per week for every subsequent child

New Zealand Labour Party Hon Ruth Dyson

Extend family tax relief to a further 60,000 working families by increasing the amount of income a family may earn before they stop getting the maximum family support rates from $27,500 to $35,000 and reducing the abatement rate from 30% to 20%
Introduce legislation next year to carry out the most comprehensive and positive social assistance reform since our system was designed almost 70 years ago
Dramatically reduce the time spent on administration and allow case managers to focus more on moving people into work
Extend the support provided for grandparents raising grandchildren and other carers on a pension, in particular those taking on caring due to family breakdown, to provide them with the sort of allowances provided to foster parents
On 1 April 2007 increase Family Support rates again by $10 for every child

Maori Party Tariana Turia  
National Party of New Zealand Judith Collins

Work to reduce the number on benefits from over 300,000 to 200,000 over 10 years
Conduct numeracy and literacy assessments of those seeking the dole, and arrange assistance for those needing help
Implement a more thorough medical evaluation process for sickness and invalids’ benefits
Require those on the dole to be available for community service or retraining
Require DPB recipients to undertake part-time employment, retraining or community service from the time their youngest child reaches school age

New Zealand First Barbara Stewart

Develop a comprehensive package of parent support and guidance programmes
Ensure greater scrutiny of the benefit system for those moving from the unemployment system onto the sickness benefit
Resurrect the policy of a community wage, paid to those who are unable to reasonably find paid employment but who will be expected to make a contribution back to the community which is paying them
Ensure the needs of retired New Zealanders are met through a sustainable superannuation scheme
Incrementally raise the base minimum level of New Zealand Superannuation to 72.5% of the net average wage

Progressive Coalition Hon Jim Anderton  
United Future New Zealand Judy Turner

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