Labour's Rick Barker comments on the underclass
Interesting comment from Rick Barker today
"My own town of Hastings has undergone a dramatic transformation. There are now 312 people registered as unemployed, compared with 2,416 in January 1999. This means that for every 100 people who were unemployed in 1999, 87 now have a job!"
Note " now" have a job. Implies that 87 percent of people unemployed in 1999 "now have a job" - eight years later. So what I`d like to know is why Hastings is the only area in the country where all unemployed go straight from the dole to a job that lasts years.
In other areas beneficaries:
Get short time jobs and then go back on the benefit, they go overseas, they die, they go on the sickness benefit, the DPB, to university, training, get an earning partner, go to prison, get pregnant and raise families (not always on the DPB either) their benefits get stood down and canceled, get canceled and suspended in error by WINZ staff, some are caught working and earning and their benefits get stopped for fraud. Others are not registered job seekers and their benefit is canceled. Others shift to other centres in their search for work, reducing the register for that area. Others are off the register as their earnings have abated out the benefit that week, but not necessarily the following week.
The rest get jobs, quite few in the state sector, and the Government funds more than a third of the wages for a year.
Barker is dreaming if he thinks that 87 percent of the 1999 register all currently have jobs in New Zealand. Some may well be part of the underclass in 2007. Others may be working for the Government, in fact there is probably a higher increase in Government employees since 1999 than there is a decrease in beneficiary numbers.
In other words, Barker doesn't have a clue. Woof woof. It's all hot air.