Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says there are 14,403 young people on the unemployment benefit, a 9.2 percent decrease since December.
Five-hundred-twenty-five people have had their benefits cancelled after being caught cheating the system to the tune of $5.6 million a year.
Greater information sharing between Inland Revenue and the Ministry of Social Development has resulted in 525 people having their benefits cancelled.
The Ministry of Health repeatedly warned ministers that benefit sanctions would negatively impact families.
Making people reapply for the dole after a year has seen 21,400 go off the benefit and $74 million has been saved, the Government says.
Spouses and partners of benefit fraudsters will be criminally liable under a Government clampdown on welfare crime.
The Green and Maori parties say a new crackdown on the partners of benefit fraudsters must also apply to white-collar fraudsters' partners.
The Govt plans to prosecute partners of beneficiary fraudsters who have benefited from the offending in the latest round of their welfare fraud crackdown.
Beneficiary numbers leapt in the December quarter, with 18,000 more people on benefits than in the previous quarter.
New research reveals tax dodgers are ripping off the country at up to 150 times the rate of welfare fraudsters, but are being jailed much less often.
A small North Island town says unemployed people moving into the district are more trouble than they are worth.
A Northland man who smashed Work and Income windows after he was refused a food grant has stopped eating.
Anti-poverty campaigners protesting the Government's welfare reforms have chained themselves to the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) Auckland regional office.
The Government has introduced a bill to change welfare rules so job seekers can be penalised if they fail drug tests and benefits can be stopped if people have outstanding arrest warrants.
Beneficiaries who fail to answer three phone calls and a voicemail from Work and Income are being told they'll have their welfare payments slashed in half.
The Government has revealed the welfare system costs $78.1 billion over the working lifetime of beneficiaries.
Beneficiaries will have their welfare payments slashed if they fail to send their children to early childhood education or don't enrol them with a doctor, under new welfare reforms.
Prime Minister John Key appears to have told his welfare minister not to again release private details about beneficiaries.
The number of people on benefits has dropped by 2000 in the last month.
The number of people on benefits fell by more than 21,000 last month.
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