New dole law saves $74m – Bennett
Tue, 26 Feb 2013 3:16p.m.
Forcing people to reapply for the dole after being on it for a year has saved $74 million, the Government says.
The law change was made in 2010 and Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says since then more than 21,400 have gone off the dole.
Half of them didn't complete the reapplication.
"Through this reapplication policy alone we have saved taxpayers $74m," she said.
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27/03/2013 9:26:13 p.m.
Yeah thats why 2-300 people showed up for application forms for just 7 jobs and waited hours in line to find out the application forms had run out and still more people showed up the next day ay Neil? Cos they came without a work ethic and just wanted gimme, gimme, gimme a job....ya prat! Funny how the right are so quick to put down the kiwi working classes when it suits them....Try thinking instead of dipping into your bigoted bowl of stereotypes bro. I know its harder but in the end its a lot closer to the truth.
27/02/2013 8:19:38 a.m.
Did you forget to mention those NZers that your department helped financially to move across to Australia Paula? Did that help to reduce the number of NZers on the dole? Where are those 170,000 jobs your government promised 4 years ago? Oh that's right, it was only a part of the National Party election strategy to deceive NZers to vote your government back in to parliament.
26/02/2013 10:17:33 p.m.
To Cherie : Unemployment in real terms has doubled, much of it is hidden as in spouses, students and those in limited part time jobs. Many folk are not registered as unemployed although they want and need work. Those employing and exploiting seasonal employees from over seas are not wanting to employ NZ r who will assert themselves for full pay and safe conditions. Would you leeave your children in a state orphanage or with suspected or known abusers to work heavy labour , long hours for less than minimum pay far away from home?? Because that is the choice mothers ( and some fathers) are faced with by WINZ. That is how historically and currently many children are abused,neglected and even die. In state care or by people children have been left with. Get real!
26/02/2013 9:12:33 p.m.
@cherie, if it was for a good reason but people know that these unemployed are not moving into employment and are more than likely the lost 40 thou of students and young unemployed that have given up on ever getting employment or a fair deal from this govt. Yes they live off their parents and many have depression but with the social stigma surrounding the dole will not even consider applying. I hope the cost cutting is worth the high numbers of youth depression and possibly suicide. No jobs, no hope. @ Neil these people would be working if they had a chance of a job. Not even 5 % would be on unemployment if given a chance to choose. Why does this govt and National supporters not realise. Simple really. Give the unemployed jobs and they will no longer be on the benefit. The problem is this govt have no idea how to create jobs. Use some of your money to invest in infrastructure and employ nzers to fill the jobs. Less on benefits, more cash in consumers hands, more businesses needing workers etc etc. I really think National are just idiots.
26/02/2013 8:49:24 p.m.
@Cherie: getting people off the dole is great, if there is something useful for them to do. It is not good if it is due to some trickery by govt which just makes it harder for people to access the help they need, which is most likely what Paula Bennett has done. This govt has a culture of disentitlement, ie removing help from those who need it.... including bent medical specialists and biased assessment reports, anything so they can cut costs and leave people to rot.
26/02/2013 6:58:12 p.m.
Hmmm Does she think we are all thick? 150 000 headed overseas for work in that time Paula. it stands to reason most of them would not have reapplied anyway. False numbers by a false minister to feed the rabid right thier weekly diet of benny bashing.
26/02/2013 5:29:59 p.m.
Does nobody think that if this new law got people off the dole a good thing. Even if it was half of the amount thats stated surely thats a good thing.
I say at least they tried something new. Years and years we have had people on benefits as a life style choice. I am not for one minute saying all people but many!! Why are we letting people in by the plane load to Ch Ch to do labouring jobs? Because we are not allowed to make people move to where work is. That is just crazy
26/02/2013 5:24:41 p.m.
Leftie socialistis in NZ have such a sense of entitlement and lazyness. It amazes me really No wonder the coutry is bankrupt. No work ethic just gimee, gimmee, gimmee.
26/02/2013 4:46:15 p.m.
Helping less people in National's "brighter future" is some form of success?
If there are more people unemployed, less people in the workforce, and less people staying on a benefit, then there's something fishy going on. Most likely it's more people being forced into the black economy: crime or cash-in-hand work.
Oh, and lots of people leaving the country, of course.
26/02/2013 4:45:47 p.m.
I am wondering where she is getting her figures. 10 000 people not reapplying for a $150 a week benefit is approx 7 million a year. That only 21 000 people have gone off an unemployment benefit since 2010 is obscene and profane. This is another indication of how far down this country has been dragged with atrocious social policy and thrust into an ever spiraling economic and employment crisis.
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