“More than 20,000 unemployed people will be moved off the benefit within five years if the Government manages to meet its newly announced targets.”
Yes, but a target isn’t a plan.
Being out of work increases the risk of poverty, Social Development Minister Paula Bennett said.
“Welfare reform will require more working age people to look for work”
But not that there will be any work for them. There are 78,000 people looking for work at the moment and they can’t find any. Forcing a few thousand extra young mums and sick people to look for work as well won’t help them find it any faster either.
You need to create jobs people. That’s how you get people into work. Not just magic them off benefits.
Key said some of the targets were “very aspirational” but were based on what New Zealanders wanted.
“These targets are not a wish-list, they are a to-do list. Some of them will be extremely difficult to achieve.”
But the Government made no apology for having high expectations, he said.
Or not having a plan.