WINZ has released the latest benefit stats, and they’re good news.
- 16,196 fewer people on a main benefit than a year ago
- A 5% decrease for all benefits from June 2013 to June 2014
- An 11% decrease for sole parent support benefits
- A drop in the proportion of working age adults on welfare from 11.2% to 10.5%
- Lowest number of people on welfare since 2008 before the Great Recession
- Welfare numbers peaked at 352,000 in 2010 and now 294,000.
- The number of teen solo parents is down 12%. On average a teenager who goes on the benefit stays there 19 years and has a lifetime cost of $246,000
It is great to see the welfare reforms working. The best way to boost incomes is for people to move from welfare into work.