Here Gordon Copeland is getting exactly the same run-around I get from the Ministry;
17347 (2007). Gordon Copeland to the Minister for Social Development and Employment (Acting)
Please advise how many DPB clients left benefits as a result of their employment related earnings, making them eligible for the In Work Payment over the past (a) six months (b)12 months.
Hon Steve Maharey (Minister for Social Development and Employment (Acting)) replied: People leave benefit for a variety of reasons, not all of which are advised to Work and Income. As such, I am advised that the Ministry does not record information in a way that allows a meaningful response to your question.
It is just not credible that a government introduces a scheme specifically aimed at getting beneficiaries into jobs and then makes no attempt to monitor the success of that scheme.
My advice to Gordon is to try your ex-boss, Minister of the Inland Revenue. The IRD is responsible for administering the In Work payment. You'll no doubt get a very similar answer, as I did. But you could use it to embarrass your ex-party who would be less keen to convey an impression that they are as 'careless' (or conniving) as Labour.
Accountable and transparent government. Bollocks.