This is the view of Peter Hughes, outgoing chief executive of the Ministry of Social Development, who said::
“We know that for the same level of income, kids do better where that income’s derived from paid work.”
Commenting on this Lindsay Mitchell says:
It is a great shame that the outgoing CE has waited until now to make these observations. And that senior public servants seem unable to draw public attention to matters of considerable national importance to the country within the boundaries of an apolitical civil service.
There is a place for benefits for those cannot work, most of whom require only temporary assistance.
But paying benefits to people who don’t need them and long term benefit dependency by people who could work aren’t good for the recipients, their families or society.
This reinforces the wisdom of initiatives introduced by the government to work-test beneficiaries and help them become work-ready.