The government is canning its already too-small and ill-directed Community Max programme.
$40 million was a pathetic amount that created, at best, just 3,000 temporary jobs when quarter of a million Kiwis are jobless, 68,000 of them aged 15-24.
The government didn’t bother to put any controls on whether employers were genuinely using the $1250 subsidy to help create a new job that otherwise wouldn’t have existed, so all the government probably ended up doing was subsidising jobs that would have been created anyway.
Doubtless, Paula Bennett will, once again, proclaim victory over unemployment. She will say that the fact Community Max is closing down is due to the government’s success in getting people into work. In reality, it’s just another example of the Key government failing to invest enough in job creation and being too lazy to spend money smartly.