17,000 fewer on benefits

Paula Bennett announced:

Figures for the December 2013 quarter released today show over 17,000 fewer people are on benefit compared to December 2012. …

“The decrease includes over 8,000 sole parents who have gone off the benefit, a 9.4 per cent drop compared to the same time last year,” Mrs Bennett says. …

Over 19,800 people cancelled their benefit to go into work in the last quarter.

Here’s the benefit levels compared to three years ago.

  • Jobseeker – Work Ready – 20.3% lower
  • Sole Parent Support (SPS) – 13.0% lower
  • Supported Living Payment (SLP) – 0.7% higher
  • Emergency Benefit (EB) – 14.6% lower
  • Emergency Maintenance Allowance (EMA) – 13.2% lower
  • Youth Payment/Young Parent Payment (YP/YPP) – 15.4% lower
  • All Working Age Benefits – 8.7% lower

Good to see most heading in the right direction.

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