Beneficiary numbers jump (there is no recession in NZ - yeah right)
Beneficiary numbers jump
The number of people on benefits increased by 10,631 between November and December and the total stands at 352,707, Social Development Minister Paula Bennett said.
Unemployment benefit figures remained high at 67,084 - an increase of 4536.
More than half the latest increase was driven by young people completing education and training and looking for work, Ms Bennett said.
There were 112,865 people on a domestic purposes benefit at the end of December, 85,105 on an invalid's benefit and 59,988 on a sickness benefit.
A further 27,665 were on other benefits.
This Government has done nothing to slow this recession, the so called 'turbo charge' from the GST tax rise to give rich people a tax cut has in fact dampened the economy and caused a $2 billion deficit which Bill English promises he will make up with deep cuts to Welfare.
The poor last election voted for smile and wave John Key based on aspiration politics, they need to understand (now that they represent 15% of the 2008 voting electorate) that John Key in his multi millionaire optimistic bubble world really believes it when he says “If we cancelled welfare to 330,000 people currently on welfare, how many would starve to death? Bugger all.”
National don't have any solutions other than slash the already incredibly low benefits. The benefits let's not forget were set by working out what the base nutritional amounts a human being required dollar wise each week, and then had 20% taken off, the benefits are in fact there to starve the poor into employment.
The first thing a New Left Party would do, is restore living benefits.