More claim Jobseeker Support in Gisborne

5062 people in receipt of benefit, up from 4989 at same time last year.

5062 people in receipt of benefit, up from 4989 at same time last year.

A RISE in the number of people looking for work in Gisborne appears to be behind a rise in beneficiary numbers, as new data shows Gisborne bucking the national trend.

The latest figures from the Ministry of Social Development show that while the number of people claiming one of the main benefits fell slightly, numbers here had risen.

At the end of last month 5062 people were in receipt of a benefit, up from 4989 at the same time last year. The number of people claiming Jobseeker Support payments rose by 158 compared to March, 2016.

Although the number of people claiming Sole Parent Support payment fell by 113 from last year, that was not enough to prevent a rise in overall beneficiary recipients here.

Social Development Minister and East Coast MP Anne Tolley said nationally the number of people receiving a main benefit continued to fall, with the proportion of the population on a main benefit (9.6 percent) the lowest it has been in a March quarter since 1997.

“At the end of the quarter there were 278,236 people on a main benefit, a decrease of 1,655 (0.6 percent) compared to last year.

“Those receiving Sole Parent Support had the largest drop in the last 12 months, falling by 4,175 (6.3 percent).

“Budget 2015 increased the amount of places for work-focused case management, meaning we now have nearly 50,000 sole parents receiving extra advice and guidance. It’s great to see this targeted support is helping more families into independence.

“We’ve also seen the number of sole parents with part-time work obligations increase by 44.4 percent as a result of the $790 million Child Hardship Package that came into effect on April 1, 2016.

“This package set new requirements for sole parents and partners of beneficiaries to look for part-time work of 20 hours a week when their youngest child turns three, instead of five.”

A RISE in the number of people looking for work in Gisborne appears to be behind a rise in beneficiary numbers, as new data shows Gisborne bucking the national trend.

The latest figures from the Ministry of Social Development show that while the number of people claiming one of the main benefits fell slightly, numbers here had risen.

At the end of last month 5062 people were in receipt of a benefit, up from 4989 at the same time last year. The number of people claiming Jobseeker Support payments rose by 158 compared to March, 2016.

Although the number of people claiming Sole Parent Support payment fell by 113 from last year, that was not enough to prevent a rise in overall beneficiary recipients here.

Social Development Minister and East Coast MP Anne Tolley said nationally the number of people receiving a main benefit continued to fall, with the proportion of the population on a main benefit (9.6 percent) the lowest it has been in a March quarter since 1997.

“At the end of the quarter there were 278,236 people on a main benefit, a decrease of 1,655 (0.6 percent) compared to last year.

“Those receiving Sole Parent Support had the largest drop in the last 12 months, falling by 4,175 (6.3 percent).

“Budget 2015 increased the amount of places for work-focused case management, meaning we now have nearly 50,000 sole parents receiving extra advice and guidance. It’s great to see this targeted support is helping more families into independence.

“We’ve also seen the number of sole parents with part-time work obligations increase by 44.4 percent as a result of the $790 million Child Hardship Package that came into effect on April 1, 2016.

“This package set new requirements for sole parents and partners of beneficiaries to look for part-time work of 20 hours a week when their youngest child turns three, instead of five.”

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