Tuesday, February 22, 2005

No Benefit to anyone

The Government today announced the forever delayed "Single Benefit" scheme. Of course there were no specific details released showing this up to be the cynical public relations move that it is. When the system is finally introduced in 2021, it will supposedly reduce time spent on administration of benefits by combining various categories of benefit into a single benefit with 'add-ons'. This makes no sense whatsoever. All beneficaries will need some form of 'add-on' for their particular circumstance, which WINZ staff will need to administer, which in turn use up even more time for WINZ staff than under the old system. Then in 2026, the Labour opposition will come up with the great idea of having different benefits for beneficaries in different circumstances to reduce administration costs.
And so continues the circle of life.

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