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


Clarification: 10-yr plus unemployment statistics

15 January 2003 Media Statement

Clarification: 10-year plus unemployment statistics

Social Services and Employment Minister Steve Maharey is clarifying unemployment statistics released today by ACT MP Muriel Newman and commented on by National MP Katherine Rich.

The statistics record the number of people receiving the unemployment benefit in November 1999 (5,566) and November 2002 (6,166) who have been on benefits for more than 10 years.

Steve Maharey said Mrs Newman and Ms Rich have omitted to include important qualifying information with the statistics which gives a misleading impression.

For example, the Ministry of Social Development advise that more than half of the beneficiaries included in the statistics have a some stage been on other non-work tested benefits (for example, the sickness benefit and the domestic purposes benefit), within the 10-year timeframe and prior to receiving the unemployment benefit, and as such would not have been expected to have been seeking employment.

In addition, the Ministry of Social Development advise that in October 2002, 92% of the beneficiaries included in the statistics were involved in some activity designed to suport their return to the paid workforce. It is therefore not accurate to suggest that this group of beneficiaries is being ignored by the Work and Income service.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news