Acting City Missioner Jacki Richardson said rising rents were driving many similar households to ask for food.
‘Landlords are using opportunities to increase the rents but people are not getting increases in their income’ she said.
Welfare benefits have been adjusted each year in line with consumer prices but the accommodation supplement has not been adjusted since April 2005.
In Waitakere this means that the total benefit and accommodation subsidy for a couple with no children paying the area’s average weekly rent has gone up by only 17 per cent since April 2005 whereas the average rent has risen 53 per cent.
Although beneficiaries with children will get a $25 raise this April – benefits will not go up at all this year for those without children because consumer prices rose by only 0.1 per cent in the past year.