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Unfortunate start for alternative welfare group

Fuseworks Media
Fuseworks Media

Wellington, July 8 NZPA - A new welfare working group set up to counter the Government's welfare reforms has had a sad start to its launch following the sudden death this morning of the mother of Sue Bradford -- a key member of the group.

Welfare Justice is an alternative welfare working group established by Caritas, the Anglican Social Justice Commission and the Beneficiary Advocacy Federation of New Zealand, and is holding its official launch in Wellington this morning.

While Ms Bradford, a former Green Party MP, is no longer able to speak as planned, various other key members will attend.

The group was set up to address what it sees as an urgent need for a "community-wide, informed debate on welfare in light of the Government's current moves on welfare reform".

The Government announced in March plans to reduce the number of people receiving benefits by supporting them back into work and tightening rules around eligibility for state support.

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