More good news


via ODT

The number of people on a main benefit has fallen below 280,000 for the first time since 2008.

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says it dropped by 4369, or 1.5 percent, in the year to March.

That took the total number of people receiving a main benefit down to 279,891.

The biggest reduction was in sole parent support, down by 3986, or 5.7 percent.

That’s awesome news that shouldn’t be buried on a lazy Thursday during parliamentary recess.  Those numbers represent real lives that have been turned around.

4369 lives that are now part of contributing to society rather than continue down the path of dependence.

And in the case of the sole parents, the likely path of rearing children that continue the cycle of dependency.

This is a great result, and the Government needs to be praised for it.  This is probably why it isn’t highlighted by the media, hidden away in a noon bulletin and only required four sentences to cover it.

– Newshub


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  • Kiwi Sapper

    Beware of smoke and mirrors!

    Note the use of the words.”main benefit”

    What is the current interpretation of a “Main Benefit”?

    In my days with the Employment Service of the Department of Labour as it was then known, the beneficiaries were often moved from one benefit to another to disguise the figures. I see no reason not to believe that that still happens.

    • Keeping Stock

      Paula Bennett tightened up beneficiary categories for that very reason Kiwisapper. Under Labour, unemployment would fall, but the number of people on the sickness benefit would rise as people were merely shuffled around.

      Between the numbers on benefits falling, and the numbers of people in work being at record levels over the last 12-18 months, this is very good news indeed.

      • jcpry

        Or and much worse still put them into tertiary institutions with interest free student loans and trained them in lots of utterly useless degrees/diplomas.
        It did wonders for the unemployment figures for a bit. .

    • JohnO

      “working for families” and “accommodation supplements” would not be main benefits.

  • I can already tell you Labour’s response: “this figure is just the number of people who have given up”

    • Woody

      Ask Bill English, he will quite rightly tell you that they are for the most part the useless no hopers. I can’t disagree.

  • cows4me

    What a total disaster, if you are a big government socialist. How can you tell people how to vote or how to run their lives if they are not beholding? Yes indeed very grim news.

  • Woody

    But, but, but, I heard Granny Annie on Hoskins the other morning insisting (over the top of Steven Joyce as usual) that the figures were the highest they’ve been for several yonks.

    • Like global warming. We’re heading for the warmest ever year on record. Again.

  • Jman

    This is terrible news for the left. That’s over 4000 potential voters lost.

  • Dog Breath

    I can feel the weight lifting from my shoulders already as the number of people I support through taxation dimishes, time to vote in Labour as I am becoming light headed with this burden relief.