At the end of April 2010, almost 13 percent of the working age population was receiving a benefit. Of the people who were on a benefit at the end of June 2009, more than 170,000 had been on a benefit for most of the past ten years.
This graph should ideally show columns that are decreasing in height from left to right.
The numbers of people that are entering the benefit system at a young age each year (and remaining there) is significant. Each year around 5,700 people enter the benefit system at 16-17 years of age, and a further 4,600 people enter the benefit system on their 18th birthday.
How many of the 4,600 entering the system on their 18th birthday are graduating from their caregiver's benefit?
... among young Māori women in their twenties, around 40% were receiving a benefit.
This is a double whammy. First, according to census data, NZ has the second highest percentage of children living in sole parent households in the developed world and second, nearly half of the parents don't work.
No. There is definitely nothing here that should cause alarm.
(Here is a comment that has just be posted over there; The money paid out on benefits doesn’t just disappear, it’s spent on rent, food, power, phone… All of that money goes straight back into the economy, it’s really a subsidy for the whole of NZ in some kind of trickle down and around process.
Now that's neat. You and I are being subsidised by beneficiaries!)