I’ve just noticed a post over at frogblog Why not send the children out work instead
A National Party, Family Party, Kiwi Party coalition (scary thought) policy: Send the children out to work and hold public spankings of those who won’t go!
More seriously though, the National Party’s policy details have now been released, and they are far worse than the rumours on the frogblog post.
They are not just going to work-test people on DPB, but also those on Invalid’s Benefit (qualification: “permanently and severely restricted in his or her capacity for work because of sickness, or because of injury or disability from accident or congenital defect”) and Sickness Benefit (qualification: “not in full-time employment, is willing to undertake it, but because of sickness, injury, or disability is limited in his or her capacity to seek, undertake, or be available for full-time employment”).
Work testing Invalid’s and Sickness Beneficiaries could well be the tipping point that plunges already vulnerable ill, injured and disabled people further into physical and/or mental illness.