Carmel ‘Septic Tank’ Sepuloni tries to spin falling benefit stats as bad and fails

Carmel ‘Septic Tank’ Sepuloni is considered a star in the Labour caucus.

I think she is as nasty as she is stupid.

The government says the number of people on the benefit is falling, but the opposition says that doesn’t mean they’re finding jobs.

According to new data from the Ministry of Social Development, the number of people on the main benefit fell by 7800, or 2.5 per cent, in 2015.

The largest chunk of those getting off the benefit are sole parents, of which 5.7 per cent have left the benefit.

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley said the drop was due to a government focus on work-focused case management in the last budget.

“The additional places are focused on sole parents and jobseekers with health conditions and disabilities and take an intensive and proactive approach to supporting people into work,” she said.

“We’ve set an aspirational target to reduce the total number of people receiving main benefits by 25 per cent [to 220,000 total] … and reduce the long-term cost of benefit dependence by $13 billion.”

Fewer people on welfare is a good thing, you’d think. Not according to Sepuloni. But if they are coming off welfare and not going into jobs surely all the bridges in Auckland have huge hordes of indigent living under them?

But Labour’s social development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni said the government was only telling part of the story by ignoring how many people had actually gone onto work.

“The Minister is not being transparent about the numbers of people coming off he benefit, particularly the number of people going into jobs because they’re not keeping proper track of how many people are going into work,” she said.

Yes she is, 7800 people came off the benefit…how much more transparent can you get?

Statistics New Zealand’s September quarter statistics showed unemployment had risen to 6 per cent in a year, with total numbers of unemployed up by 10 per cent.

Ms Sepuloni said there had been no real focus on jobs, but rather just reducing benefit numbers.

“The focus has been to get people off the benefit however they can. Regardless of whether they have an income,” she said.

“There’s some information to show a few of them go off because of study, marital status or death. But there’s a much higher proportion where the government has no information about where they’re going on to.”

So Sepuloni doesn’t know, she is just trying a nasty and desperate smear that National isn’t working.

Obviously she thinks that people getting married or studying, or worst of all – getting a job, should all still be paid a benefit…and then Labour would hammer the government for not reducing benefit numbers.

Only in the Labour Party can you hammer the government for lowering welfare dependence.


– NZNewswire

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