You may have seen the announcement that there are fewer than 20,000 now getting the unemployment benefit, down from 160,000 odd when Labour became government. And now there’s news that there’s been a drop of 13,000 of people receiving the DBP, since the introduction of Working for Families in 2004.
Parenting and paid work is a challenge at the best of times. Working and being a sole parent even more so. So it’s good to see effort being rewarded, and that a case managment approach is paying off for both recipients and WINZ. Will National keep the WINZ staff who are making a difference in their desire to streamline the public service? And what ARE National going to do about Working for Families? It must surely be time to start indicating where they stand on such an important policy area which is being distributed to three out of four families in NZ.