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The benefit system is simply not working and not delivering for New Zealand. One in eight New Zealanders of working-age, is on a benefit, while 220,000 children live in benefit-dependent homes. This is creating too many vulnerable people and trapping them in a life of limited choices, poverty, and poor health. Evidence clearly shows children are better off when their parents are in work and not on welfare.
This week we announced a two-stage programme to fundamentally alter the welfare system with a new work-focused benefit, greater work expectations, and an approach that focuses on the long-term cost of welfare dependency. Bill English
Welfare isn’t working.
Income from benefits for those who could work should never be high enough to provide a disincentive for doing so.
That means most people on benefits will be poor and the longer they stay on benefits the poorer they become.
Encouraging them to find work, and helping them become work-ready if they lack skills or qualifications is more expensive in the short-term than letting them languish on benefits. But it will have a long term pay off for them, their dependents, the economy and society.