Net Jobseeker numbers dropped by nearly 5,000 in the week to November 12. That's fantastic.
The number of people cancelling their Jobseeker benefit numbered 8,280 - an increase of 5,535 on the prior week. The economy must really be picking up!
What happened is around 5,000 Jobseekers were transferred to Sole Parent Support on November 8.
Because of a policy change, sole parents with babies and toddlers added to an existing benefit no longer have work obligations. The government has told them not to worry their heads about looking for a job. 'The taxpayer will keep on funding you for as long as you keep on having babies.'
What looks like a great news graph is actually a very bad news graph. People who keep having children when they are already reliant on welfare have a habit of staying on benefits for years.
But thanks all you hard working young couples who are either delaying starting a family or putting your children in daycare everyday to go to work to pay your taxes.
Without you the government wouldn't be able to be so kind and compassionate.
Lindsay Mitchell is a welfare commentator who blogs HERE.
Lindsay, thank you so much. Will try to spread the fact you pointed out to as many as possible. All New Zealanders should know the truth. Thank you for your diligent work.
Wow! Increased the beneficiary stud by 5000.
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