Posts by Emma Hart

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  • Hard News: Crowded houses,

    So I was in a Work and Income office the other day - something you can't do without photo ID, at least at my local branch. And a guy wandered up to the front desk and started telling his story, loudly and quite cheerfully. He'd been living rough. He couldn't get a benefit, because he didn't have an address. With no income, he couldn't get an address. So he tried to kill himself, which got him a bed in a psychiatric hospital.

    Now he'd been discharged, and was right back where he started. So he went into WINZ. They made him an appointment, at least. Their soonest appointment, which was for in two weeks' time. Then he can begin the process. But he doesn't have an address, and without an address...

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4555 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: What Sorry Looks Like,

    LudditeJourno has a great piece up at The Hand Mirror too.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4555 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: What Sorry Looks Like, in reply to Dinah Dunavan,

    Hope that this will be a better forum for women to discuss their thoughts.

    I'm not sure 'better than the Standard' is anything to be proud of, but yeah, I will be moderating a bit more tightly than usual, given the emotional weight of the topic. It's a pretty easy call given how sick and anxious it's making me feel myself.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4555 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Cui bono?, in reply to Joe Wylie,

    Thanks Hilary. So to add to that, Christchurch buses are 10-3 weekdays.

    And for those without the Gold Card, fares are increasing while the service degrades. They run the service down, fewer people use it, so the fares are increased to compensate, so fewer people use it...

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4555 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Cui bono?, in reply to Hilary Stace,

    That requirement to reconfirm an ASD or other permanent diagnosis went about a decade ago. They shouldn't be asking, but yours is not the only recent example I have heard about. I mentioned it to someone senior in MSD who didn't believe it was still happening.

    It's certainly still happening for Deaf people.

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  • Up Front: Cui bono?,

    A comment from another friend has made me remember something I really should have included: basic competence. The piles of contradictory letters. The losing of the important documents they've made you give them.

    When our children were little and we were living on an Invalid's Benefit because I was too sick to look after the kids, WINZ stole from us. We'd received payments we were perfectly entitled to. They sent us a letter telling us they were taking that money back - they'd already reached into our bank account and started taking it out. Now, we're smart articulate people and after a few days of furious phone calls we managed to get it sorted out. But there is such a high level of screw-up, and the stories I hear are all so similar, that it's clearly not just a couple of staff. It's the system itself.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4555 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: Cui bono?,

    A friend has messaged me to let me know my stand-down periods in this post are wrong. I will edit the post, just as soon as I can get the site to freaking load that page. Stand-downs are here. Usually two weeks (though also they pay in arrears, so it's really three weeks), and can be thirteen weeks.

    She also says that removing the stand-down would save them having to collect information from previous employers, who often don't provide it in a 'timely manner'.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4555 posts Report Reply

  • Polity: Let the big lies flow, in reply to Raymond A Francis,

    And is $200 a week going to be enough

    No, it's not. It's a ridiculous amount. Yes, a Jobseeker Allowance is $210/week, but almost everyone also receives an Accommodation Supplement, because you cannot live on that. In Christchurch, it's up to $65/week, and in Auckland it's higher. I support a UBI - because of artists, the disabled and chronically ill, people leaving abusive relationships - but it MUST be enough to live on, or it's pointless.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4555 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: The Up Front Guide to Plebs,

    On other news, Pricewaterhouse Cooper is now saying the real cost of the plebiscite will be more like $500m.

    PwC economics and policy partner Jeremy Thorpe notes the impact a stand-alone plebiscite would have on the LGBTI community saying; "What we find is the cost to the LGBTI community are in the order of $20 million for dealing with additional mental health costs that arise, just because of the stress and the public nature of the plebiscite.”

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4555 posts Report Reply

  • Up Front: The Up Front Guide to Plebs, in reply to TracyMac,

    To be honest, I think this boils down simply to the fact there is no federal human rights/anti-discrimination legislation for queers in Australia. If I go to rent a house in the Northern Territory, I can simply be denied just because I’m a big old dyke.

    This 'order of things' has boggled me a bit with the US as well: there are still thirty-odd states where you can be legally fired from your job for your sexuality or gender identity. And yes, because these aren't specifically protected grounds in the Constitution.

    Christchurch • Since Nov 2006 • 4555 posts Report Reply

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