THE Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister has been braying about the Government lifting “about 66,000 kids out of poverty in the past few years …”
In its latest annual report the Ministry for Social Development takes pride in its focus on getting people jobs resulting in 226,836 clients moving off benefit into work in the last two years (“our highest recorded result”).
But social commentator LINDSAY MITCHELL points out that 415,266 benefits were granted in the past two years, when more benefits were granted than cancelled. She writes: –
The Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister says:
“We’ve lifted about 66,000 kids out of poverty in the past few years …”
What he neglects to add is they have also consigned about 37,000 more to life on a benefit bringing the total to over 209,000. Continue reading “Lindsay Mitchell on joining the right dots and on the sobering outlook for people who will be lifetime beneficiaries”