The dreadful Judith Collins is once again peddling lies about sickness beneficiaries to try and soften the ground for National to throw our most sick and vulnerable citizens back into work if they ever regain power.
In a press release this afternoon, Collins screams:
“the latest figures showing that the number of people on the sickness and invalid benefits has reached an all-time high”.
Well of course they bloody have. We have a growing population, which means even if the ratio of sickness beneficiaries remained static numbers would still grow. Furthermore, we have an aging population which means an increasing number of people are reaching an age where their health starts to fail them and they are unable to work.
It’s also highly hypocritical. If you adjust the figures to population, sickness beneficiary numbers increased 51% under three terms of National compared to just 33% under three terms of Labour.
The graph below shows no marked increase in sickness beneficiaries outside of what you’d expect from a growing and ageing population.
As I pointed out last time, Judith Collins has a research unit to tell her this kind of stuff. She just knows you don’t.