130 fewer on benefit in the Bay of Plenty

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Latest figures reveal the number of people collecting a benefit in the Western Bay of Plenty has decreased compared to the same time last year, local MP Todd Muller says.

At the end of September there were 2,290 people on a benefit, 130 fewer than last year.

“This is great news as more locals are gaining independence by moving into employment or study.

“These people are now able to contribute to our growing economy, and their children can thrive in financially independent households.

“The progress we are making now will pay off for generations as we break the cycle of welfare dependency,” Todd Muller says.

Nationwide benefit numbers across all main benefit groups are down on the same period last year, and this is the lowest September quarter since 2008.

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