Rotorua march against benefit cuts

By Cherie Taylor

Rotorua beneficiaries and low-income earners are being called on to make a stand and fight back against Government's planned cuts to benefits and services.
Rotorua People's Union Centre advocate Paul Blair said it was time for Rotorua's poor to be heard.
He has organised a peaceful march in Rotorua the day after the Government announces its Budget later this month.
It was time for beneficiaries and low-income earners to make a stand against proposed cuts to benefits and services, Mr Blair said.
"It's time for the poor people of Rotorua to stand up and fight back and say 'no more'," he said.
"People aren't coping now."
The Government was planning on privatising ACC, prisons, welfare and benefits, Mr Blair said.
"Benefits are under attack. That is going to affect families who are already struggling. It's just not fair."
Rotorua MP Todd McClay has been asked to front up to the march.
"We want to send as strong a message as possible to the Government that altering benefits is unacceptable. They have to stop treating beneficiaries as second-rate citizens," Mr Blair said.
The $34 million the Government was giving in support of the America's Cup team could be better used supporting welfare, he said. "You could build 150 homes in New Zealand at the stoke of a pen with that money. It could feed our hungry."
The protest march is on, May 20 starting at the corner of Amohau St and Amohia St at midday.

- Rotorua Daily Post

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