National’s Reforms Getting More Into Work

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

It’s great to see the latest local benefit figures which show 283 fewer people on a benefit in Invercargill in the September quarter compared to the same time last year.

National’s welfare reforms mean more people are getting the help they need to get off welfare and into work. Intensive support such as help with childcare and study has made getting into the workforce an achievable goal.

Benefit numbers are tracking downwards. Nationwide there are 10,000 fewer people on welfare compared to September 2013 and more than 70 per cent of these are sole parents. This September quarter is the lowest national figure since 2008.

These figures show our reforms are working to break the cycle of welfare dependency some families are trapped in. This means the headway we are making now will pay off for generations.

Getting off welfare and into work means a better life, better opportunities, and a brighter future for Invercargill people and their families.