Parliament

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

 

83,000 fewer New Zealanders on benefits

26 October 2005

83,000 fewer New Zealanders on benefits Quarterly benefit figures released

The number of working aged New Zealanders on benefits dropped by 16,000 or five percent over the last year Social Development and Employment Minister David Benson-Pope announced today.

The number of people receiving income tested benefits fell from 308,000 in September 2004 to 292,000 to the end of September 2005.

Mr Benson-Pope says latest figures show that in total there are 83,000 (22 percent) fewer people on benefits than in 1999 when 375,000 people received benefits compared to 292,000 at the end of September this year.

"Helping New Zealanders into work has been one of this government's greatest achievements," said Mr Benson-Pope. "Our focus will continue to be to help people move from benefits into work."

Highlights include:

- Over the year to September 2005 the number of people receiving of an Unemployment Benefit fell by 15,611, or 24 percent

- There are 98,602 fewer New Zealanders receiving the Unemployment Benefit than there were in 1999

- The number of people on the Domestic Purposes Benefit dropped by 3,329 in the year ended September 2005

- The growth rate for Sickness Benefit numbers has fallen from 8 percent in the year to September 2004 to 4 per cent in the year to September 2005

"We continue to see steep decreases in the number of people receiving Unemployment Benefits, while our aging population and the increasing movement of people with disabilities into the community has contributed to a small rise in the number of people receiving Sickness and Invalid's Benefits in the last year," said Mr Benson-Pope.

"Overall, the picture is one of far fewer New Zealanders being reliant on benefits. This is a significant change for these people at the personal level and remains an important change for our country as a whole," said Mr Benson-Pope.

A full summary of the latest statistical information can be found on the Ministry for Social Development website at:
http://www.msd.govt.nz/media-information/benefit-fact-sheets/index.html

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Rabuka’s Possible Return In Fiji


Fiji signed onto China’s Belt and Road initiative in 2018, along with a separate agreement on economic co-operation and aid. Yet it took the recent security deal between China and the Solomon Islands to get the belated attention of the US and its helpmates in Canberra and Wellington, and the Pacific is now an arena of major power rivalries...
More>>



 
 

Budget: Climate Investments Provide Path To Economic Security
The Government is investing in New Zealand’s economic security by ensuring climate change funding moves away from short-term piecemeal responses and towards smart, long-term investment... More>>

ALSO:


Budget: Updated My Vaccine Pass For Those Who Want It

New Zealanders who are up-to-date with their COVID-19 vaccinations will be able to download an updated My Vaccine Pass from 24 May, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today... More>>

Speaker: 2022 Register Of Pecuniary And Other Specified Interests Presented
The 2022 Register of Pecuniary and Other Specified Interests of Members of Parliament was presented in the House today. It contains a summary of members’ interests as at 31 January 2022... More>>



Classification Office: Following Decision To Ban Manifesto The Buffalo Mass Shooting Livestream Is Now Banned
The livestream video of yesterday’s mass shooting in the United States has now been banned, Acting Chief Censor Rupert Ablett-Hampson announced this morning. The decision follows on from his decision yesterday to call in and ban the ‘manifesto... More>>

Borders: New Zealand Poised To Welcome International Students Back
New Zealand is fully reopening to international students and the Government is committed to help reinvigorate and strengthen the sector, Education Minister Chris Hipkins said today... More>>


Inland Revenue: Commissioner Appointed
Deputy Public Service Commissioner Helene Quilter QSO has today announced the appointment of Peter Mersi to the position of Commissioner and Chief Executive, Inland Revenue Department... More>>


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels