Benefit reforms moving more locals into work

Press releases
Monday, April 20, 2015

Todd Muller welcomes the release of the latest local benefit figures which show 250 fewer people on a benefit in the Western Bay of Plenty in this quarter compared to the same time last year.

“Nationally the number of people on Benefits is the lowest we’ve seen since 2009, I’m proud that here in the Bay of Plenty we are supporting the effort.

“When National came to power the welfare system was failing kiwis, twelve per cent of our working-age population was receiving a benefit.

“With the number of New Zealanders on benefits continuing to track downwards, I am pleased to say National’s welfare reforms are working,” Todd Muller said.

“Moving from welfare into work means a better life, better opportunities, and a brighter future for Bay of Plenty people and their families.

“There is however still more work to be done and we are continuing to help people into work by making available, childcare assistance, training, workplace support, and access to health and disability support services.

“This Government is making a difference by setting expectations, and providing a hand-up rather than a hand-out to empower those wanting to work,” Todd Muller said.

Across the country benefit figures this quarter are at their lowest since 2009 and have decreased 3.7 per cent from the March 2014 quarter. Sole parents are the most successful beneficiary group with a drop of 7.2 per cent (5,471) in the last year.