Bennett trumpets 5000 fewer on DPB
The number of sole parents on the domestic purposes benefit dropped by 5000 last year - a drop Social Development Minister Paula Bennett is attributing partly to her new policy requiring sole parents to get jobs when their youngest child turns five.
Oh really? Paula has generated 5000 jobs has she for these sole parents to go to work at? That's quite an achievement made even more incredible when you consider we have 7.3% unemployment.
So what actually has happened? The new measures used to disqualify beneficiaries are kicking in and about to become far more vile. Bennett's new range of welfare cutbacks will see private corporations step in to administer the next round of 'work ready' tests. These corporations will get a bonus when they move someone off the benefit, and of course moving a person off the benefit can be done without actually finding someone a job, they can be bonused for just finding a new way to disqualify the beneficiary.
This isn't about finding our most vulnerable members of society employment, this is about finding excuses to disqualify them from claiming welfare.
These people become invisible to employment and benefit stats and slowly rot while Paula Bennett bounces around squealing how well she's doing.
It's an unchallenged narrative promoted by the media. There is no depression in NZ and thanks to Bennett, there's no way to see it now.