Ten years ago 85% of clients at Mangere Budgeting Services were beneficiaries - today only 37% are - the rest are working families.
What was happening in 2005?
6,599 beneficiaries were registered at the Mangere Work and Income Service Centre.
At March 2015 there were 6,249. Only 5 percent fewer.
So perhaps the big change at the Budgeting Services reflects a change in their policy? That is, qualifications on who they will assist.
If not, the other conclusion is that beneficiary income is better than income from work.
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