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Latest benefit stats show Govt’s plan is vital for Coromandel

The latest Jobseeker Support Benefit figures underscore the importance of the Government’s plan to reduce benefit dependency and rebuild the economy, says National MP for Coromandel Scott Simpson.
 |  The Informer  | 

Scott Simpson, MP, addresses the crowd of about 700 people at the dawn Anzac service, Whitianga.

“While the numbers do not specify the Coromandel electorate, many of our communities are included in the statistics for the Waikato region.

In March 2017, 10,885 people were receiving Jobseeker Support in the Waikato. This has risen to 16,674 in March 2024.

“It is sobering to read that work-ready job seekers are forecast to spend an average of 13 years on a benefit, and teenagers could become trapped on welfare for 24 years of their working lives. That is unacceptable and we are taking action to put a stop to the spike in welfare dependency.

“We have set a country-wide target of 50,000 fewer people on Jobseeker Support by 2030.

To achieve this, we are working on mandatory reapplications for Jobseeker benefits every six months, new non-financial sanctions, and a traffic light system to help job seekers comply with their work obligations.

“The coalition Government is committed to rebuilding the economy to ensure there are more opportunities for Kiwis to work.”