The Government will pay beneficiaries $3000 to move to cities such as Auckland for work - but the Budget doesn't mention Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett's plan to pay social housing tenants $5000 to move out of Auckland.
In a welfare budget of little change, the only big extra spending is a boost for Child, Youth and Family of $95 million a year (up 18.6 per cent) by 2019-20 to fund a massive expansion of the agency's role recommended by the recent taskforce led by Dame Paula Rebstock.
In the absence of other new spending, Social Development Minister Anne Tolley trumpeted $26 million over four years to maintain targeted case management for 120,000 beneficiaries and fund the "3K to Work" scheme. This is a $3000 grant originally just for beneficiaries moving to work in Christchurch, but extended last December to cover all beneficiaries in intensive case management moving to any new location to take up work.
But the actual budget for work assistance grants is barely increasing, from $3.6 million this year to $3.9 million by 2019-20.
Mrs Bennett's spokesman said there was also no extra money in the Budget for the $5000 grant for 150 social housing tenants to move out of Auckland that was announced on Wednesday.