27 Nov 2017

Govt's student allowance boost will be exploited - National

From Morning Report, 6:38 am on 27 November 2017

National says Labour's planned boost to the student allowance makes it vulnerable to exploitation by people on the jobseeker's benefit. They're warning that decoupling the allowance from benefit levels creates an incentive for beneficiaries to sign-up for tertiary education, even if they have no intention to study. But the New Zealand Union of Students' Associations says this is incorrect, because comparing the student allowance to the jobseeker's benefit doesn't show the whole picture. National's Tertiary Education spokesperson Paul Goldsmith joins me in the Auckland studio.