No Interest Rate Cap In Final Code

In March the final version of the Responsible Lending Code was released and came into force on the 6th June 2015. NZCCSS provided comment on the draft Code and reviewing the final Code, it does not appear to address the concerns of many of our recommendations. NZCCSS recommended that the Code include clear guidance that…

Worker Safety Checking Begins

Worker safety checks are compulsory from 1 July 2015 for all core children’s workers. After months of preparation and engagement with the sector, 1 July 2015 marks a key deadline for those who work with vulnerable children. It is important that all organisations that are funded either directly or indirectly by the government state services…

Few Changes to Gambling Bill

The Select Committee reported on the Gambling Amendment Bill (no.3) on the 11th of May and it went through its second reading in Parliament on 4th June. The Bill was supported by National, Labour, United Future and ACT parties with the Greens, NZ First and the Māori Party opposing it. The third and final reading…

Housing Need in NZ

Pitifully small response to large & urgent need The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) has announced social housing purchasing intentions for the next two – three years. The intention is to purchase around 2,850 extra places. This compares with total known need at 31 March 2015 of 4,808 (social housing register) and total severe housing…

Living Wage increases to $19.25

Living wage employer La Boca Loca hosted the announcement of the 2015 revised living wage rate on 24th February. The Wellington living wage campaign supporters joined in the fun to celebrate the success of the movement in lifting wages for low income workers. We were also there to continue to our commitment to a fun-filled…

Social Housing – show me the houses?

‘We hope to have more social housing but we still don’t know how’ could be a fair summary of recent announcements about the Government’s intentions for social housing. NZCCSS believes that we need a clear public commitment from the Government to ensure there are thousands more social housing units available as soon as possible to…

Desperate Housing Situation and a Rise in the Working Poor

Vulnerability Report 20 – January 2015 While the official statistics paint a picture of a solid economy – good economic growth and more jobs, looking deeper shows how unequally the benefits of growth are being shared. The unemployment rate has not declined significantly with the unemployment rate for Māori (12.2%)and Pasific (11.7%) still around three…

NZCCSS says ‘No’ to AISA

NZCCSS has said ‘No’ to a request to join an information sharing agreement for Children’s Teams working with vulnerable children. NZCCSS believes that changes to the Privacy Act is a better way to deal with the privacy for those children. Children’s Teams are the new way of working with vulnerable children. These Teams are being…

Is C-minus good Enough?

A quick overview of the latest Salvation Army State of the Nation Report  shows more thumbs up symbols than thumbs down. Does this mean things are getting better for the most vulnerable in our country? In vital areas like housing, child poverty and family violence, the answer is ‘not really’. When an improvement is from…

Te Piringa Strategic Alliance

Te Kāhui Atawhai o te Motu (TKAM) and the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) formalising a Strategic Alliance between the two organisations. This signing occurred at the AGM of NZCCSS on 19 November 2014. The MoU states that TKAM and NZCCSS: … agree that working…

Pokie Machine Gambling Law Changes

Making Pokie Trusts More Accountable to Their Communities Gambling is one of those the many pressures and issues the people face that NZCCSS member agencies work beside. We are regularly receiving reports from around the country about the hardships that are compounded by addictive pokie machine gambling. The latest gambling legislation, Gambling Amendment Bill (No.3),…

Police Vetting Money-go-round

Robbing Peter to pay Paul. A money merry-go-round. These are some of the ways Helga Wientjes, Chair of ComVoices grouping of community & voluntary sector organisations, describes the police vetting legislation before Parliament. NZCCSS Executive Officer Trevor McGlinchey was among the submitters trying to persuade the Select Committee to change clauses in the legislation. The…

Giving Care Work Its Due

Yet another carer pay court case has won in the Employment Court. This time it is for home care relief worker Jan Lowe who worked in the 1990s providing 24 hour care relief breaks for family carers. The challenging work with people with Alzheimers or other disabilities was paid on the basis of an “allowance”…