Number of benefit-recipients rises in Gisborne

More than 5000 claiming one of three main benefits.

More than 5000 claiming one of three main benefits.

THE number of benefit recipients in Gisborne continues to rise, despite another drop in the number of sole parent beneficiaries.

Latest figures from the Ministry of Social Development show 5064 people in Gisborne claimed one of the three main benefits, 99 more than at the same time last year.

Seventy-five fewer people claimed sole parent support, marking the second quarterly year-on-year fall, but 166 more people claimed jobseeker support payments.

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley said the number of people dependent on welfare nationally continued to drop, with sole parents and young job seekers leading the way in moving off benefits.

“At the end of the quarter there were 276,331 people receiving a main benefit, a decrease of 3846 (1.4 per cent) in the past 12 months.

"This puts the proportion of the population (9.6 percent) at the lowest it has been in a June quarter since before the global financial crisis.

“Sole parents had the biggest reduction in numbers, with 4791 (7.3 per cent) fewer people now receiving sole parent support compared to this time last year. All regions saw a fall in this benefit type, with the biggest decreases in Bay of Plenty and Nelson, down 12.7 percent and 9.4 percent respectively.

“The Government’s focus on intensive support and training, alongside growing the economy to deliver more jobs and higher wages, is making it easier for sole parents to find and stay in work.”

Earlier this month the Government announced it would invest $50 million to help the most at-risk young people in regional New Zealand, including Gisborne, into jobs.

“We know those who go on a benefit at a young age are more likely to stay on welfare for longer.

“Targeting support to young people and sole parents has been a priority for us because helping them off benefits will allow them and their families to thrive.”

THE number of benefit recipients in Gisborne continues to rise, despite another drop in the number of sole parent beneficiaries.

Latest figures from the Ministry of Social Development show 5064 people in Gisborne claimed one of the three main benefits, 99 more than at the same time last year.

Seventy-five fewer people claimed sole parent support, marking the second quarterly year-on-year fall, but 166 more people claimed jobseeker support payments.

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley said the number of people dependent on welfare nationally continued to drop, with sole parents and young job seekers leading the way in moving off benefits.

“At the end of the quarter there were 276,331 people receiving a main benefit, a decrease of 3846 (1.4 per cent) in the past 12 months.

"This puts the proportion of the population (9.6 percent) at the lowest it has been in a June quarter since before the global financial crisis.

“Sole parents had the biggest reduction in numbers, with 4791 (7.3 per cent) fewer people now receiving sole parent support compared to this time last year. All regions saw a fall in this benefit type, with the biggest decreases in Bay of Plenty and Nelson, down 12.7 percent and 9.4 percent respectively.

“The Government’s focus on intensive support and training, alongside growing the economy to deliver more jobs and higher wages, is making it easier for sole parents to find and stay in work.”

Earlier this month the Government announced it would invest $50 million to help the most at-risk young people in regional New Zealand, including Gisborne, into jobs.

“We know those who go on a benefit at a young age are more likely to stay on welfare for longer.

“Targeting support to young people and sole parents has been a priority for us because helping them off benefits will allow them and their families to thrive.”

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