Loan shark bill

Central Leader - - LETTERS -

At last the National Govern­ment is propos­ing leg­is­la­tion to pro­tect vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple from the clutches of un­scrupu­lous loan sharks, Cen­tral Leader, May 3.

For years they have been promis­ing such ac­tion; mean­while many vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple have been taken to the clean­ers by th­ese loan sharks. Be­fore the last elec­tion the Labour Party, via Carol Beau­mont’s pri­vate mem­ber’s bill, pro­posed cor­rec­tive leg­is­la­tion. National ve­toed it.

Now National, with zilch ac­knowl­edge­ment of Labour’s ear­lier ac­tions and zilch will­ing­ness to work across party lines, has fi­nally been shamed into ac­tion.

I guess late ac­tion is bet­ter than no ac­tion. It is my un­der­stand­ing that Labour will back sen­si­ble law changes that tar­get loan sharks. grants and fund­ing to help com­mu­nity groups and sup­port agen­cies. I had a so­cial worker who was help­ing me with fam­ily re­lated is­sues whom can no longer help due to the fact grants and/or funds have been cut.

Some other agen­cies I’ve looked into are fac­ing the same fate as well and also noted prob­a­bly couldn’t do cer­tain par­ent­ing cour­ses due to hav­ing grants or funds ei­ther re­duced or stopped.

My ques­tion is why are th­ese peo­ple tak­ing grants or funds away from agen­cies that peo­ple and fam­i­lies so des­per­ately need?

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