I have had a lot of phone calls from people wanting to know what they can be doing in regard to getting back to work.
Here is the deal.
In 2010 the MSD set up this policy for those on a benefit: unemployment, widows, sickness and DPB.
1. If your youngest child is 6 and over then you may need to work for 15 hours a week
2. If your youngest child is 14 and over then you may need to work full-time – 30 hours a week
There was no mention of how much money you had to earn just work the 15 or 30 hours a week.
I believe you can earn up to $80.00 on a benefit.
So you could be doing:
1. a paper run for 15 hours a week with the very small income that comes with junk mail runs.
2. Setting up an entrepreneurial business with all your children. Ideas for a business where you can involve your children:
- lawn mowing
- baby sitting
- Making things to sell: with wood, bread, sewing, etc
- paper runs
- selling things on Trademe/Sella – buy at garage sales
- Proof reading
- Take some of your children’s (or yours) giftings and turn them into a business
- Plus heaps of other things – if you think of some good things then please let me know so I can add them to this list.
So if your youngest is 6 or 14 then you may have to be working (or you might be able to study still) for 15 or 30 hours a week.
Now the rest is not yet law.
So you DO NOT have to be working or looking for work if you youngest is 5 or younger.
The Social Security Bill has not been passed yet. We are hopeful that the Social Obligations will be dropped in the Bill. If they are dropped then we will seek to have the requirement for home educators to have to work for 15 or 30 hours a week, dropped from the policy made in 2010.
Now some WINZ workers let home educators off the work requirements and others are strict about home educators working. If you feel that your WINZ worker is being unreasonable then please read this link: Beneficiaries: Policy and Law.
Where are we in regards to the Social Security Bill:
The Select Committee is writing their report due 20 March 2013. They may write their report before this date.
Next week I plan to send a letter to the Human Rights Commission and to contact New Zealand First. I will also be sending out a press release. There will be things that all of us can be doing then. So keep an eye on this website for more information next week.
From the Smiths:
Updated 19 December 2012: One year on (Craig Smith’s Health) page 7 click here
Needing help for your home schooling journey:
Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:
This link is motivational:
Social Security (Benefit Categories and Work Focus) Amendment Bill