Golly gosh. Fewer on benefits as well. We’re running out of crises


Labour kept harping on about National’s rock star economy only delivering for their rich mates.  Turns out, that was yet another blatant lie to preach greed to the choir.

There are nearly 13,000 fewer people on welfare compared to a year ago, Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says.

The latest figures showed 309,145 people, or 11 per cent of the working-age population, were receiving a benefit at the end of December.

This was the lowest number of people on welfare for a December quarter since 2008.

The biggest changes were in the drop in people receiving Jobseeker Support and Sole Parent Support – around 5500 fewer for each of these categories.

Ms Tolley said the number of people on Jobseeker Support had been steadily falling since 2010, after which Government has passed two rounds of welfare reforms.

Jobseeker numbers fell in all regions except Wellington and Taranaki.

Ms Tolley said: “This Government’s welfare reforms are continuing to support New Zealanders into work. The reductions we’re now seeing will mean fewer people on benefit in the years to come which means we’re going to see healthier, more prosperous households.”

There was a one per cent increase in the number of people receiving the Supported Living Payment, which assisted people who were caring for someone with a disability or illness.

More jobs, fewer on benefits, 7% average wage increase and a 1% food inflation for the last 12 months.

Yup.  The economy is falling to bits, and it is all going to Key’s mates.  No wonder Labour are doing so well.

…oh wait!


– NZ Herald

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.