Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


10% Rise In Long Term Unemployed Under Labour

New statistics show that in just Labour’s first six months, long term unemployment has grown around 10%” says ACT Employment Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman.

In response to a written question, the Minister of Social Services and Employment, Mr Maharey, has revealed that the number of people registered unemployed over 6 months has grown 12,000 from 139,000 to 151,000, and the number over 1 year by 10,000 from 88,800 to 98,222, an increase of 10.5%.

“These figures show an average 10% increase in just the first six months of Labour, despite their inheritance of a strong economy and a relatively buoyant labour market” said Muriel Newman.

“These figures are a worry on their own, but given Maori are so seriously over represented in long term unemployment statistics (around 33%, yet are only around 10% of the workforce), they raise serious questions around the substance of Labour’s “closing the gaps” in Employment and Welfare”.

“The Responsibility for these statistics lies fairly and squarely with Mr Maharey as the Minister in charge of Work and Income New Zealand. It raises questions over his soft approach to Welfare”.

The number of unemployed is the direct result of the economy, but the length of time people are out of work is the reason for the creation of, and the responsibility of WINZ.

“The planned removal of the Work for the Dole scheme, Steve Maharey’s flip flops with Rankin, his removal of sanctions, his unprecedented reconsideration of Welfare debts at the request of the Beneficiary Unions, are all symptomatic of a Minister who is actually getting in the way of his Department, rather than leading it” said Muriel Newman.

“The numbers of entrenched very long term unemployed are also growing, with the number of unemployed over 2 years rising 4,000 to 48,354. I am extremely concernced that they will further deteriorate seriously”.

“At this rate, Labour is likely to see a 50% increase in long term unemployment if they last 3 years”.

“Mr Maharey must abandon his soft on Welfare approach, build on the Work for the Dole scheme and the Community Wage, get the long term unemployed active , so that they can get back into work,’’ said Muriel Newman.

ENDS.


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Wellington: Predator Free Capital Plan

Wellington City Council (WCC), the Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) and NEXT Foundation, today announced a joint collaboration to make Wellington the first Predator Free capital city in the world. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Judith Collins’ Efforts At Self Correction

Thousands of prisoners currently in prison may be entitled to an earlier release than expected – and compensation – because Corrections has incorrectly calculated their term of imprisonment. Unless of course, the government buries its mistakes by changing the law and retro-actively getting itself off the hook… More>>

ALSO:

More Justice & Corrections

Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>

ALSO:

Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>

ALSO:

Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>

ALSO:

General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news