Substantially increase social welfare benefits in New Zealand

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We the undersigned demand that the Hon. Carmel Sepuloni Minister of Social Development, and Grant Robertson Minister of Finance, urgently implement a substantial increase in the weekly social welfare benefit payments to acknowledge decades of under funding. The increase should not be less than 1/3 and preferably 1/2 of existing benefit payments.

There is a strong argument for this. The beneficiaries will need to use - nearly - all of their extra payments for basic purchases, such as food, petrol, and to pay for things such as medical bills, rents and school needs. The extra monies spent will be recovered in the form of G.S.T. on those goods and services.

This should not be a one-off increase in payments. In years following the increase/s, The increase should be adjusted for inflation. 

An unemployed person who can afford the basic living costs, can spend more time making themselves job ready than someone more interested in knowing how to pay for their next meal. Thus will help to address that. Whist this will not solve poverty, it will go some distance towards making necessary expenses for low income earners, and those unable to work, more affordable.

It will also help improve self esteem and other socially important measures. In other words the gains will be more than just monetary.