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NZ Benefit Numbers Drop

March 9, 2010 New Zealand Finance

On March 7th the New Zealand Government revealed that over the month of February the number of individuals on the Unemployment benefit had dropped by 4 224, the largest decrease since the beginning of the recession.

In a statement, Paula Bennett, Social Development Minister of New Zealand, announced that the number of individuals receiving any type of benefit in New Zealand has seen a 10 816 person drop, while the number of Unemployment Benefit recipients has fallen by 4 224.

According to Paula Bennett, the recession has been especially hard on youth workers, and measures created to address unemployment in this sector have resulted in 5 595 individual leaving the benefit and finding employment...

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Unemployment Rises in NZ

February 6, 2010 New Zealand Finance

New Zealand unemployment numbers rose by 0.8 percent in the December quarter. The rise is larger than projected by the Government, and has been attributed to an increase in the working age population.

According to a February 4th media release by Paula Bennett, Social Development and Employment Minister, New Zealand’s unemployment figure has risen to 7.3 percent. The figure represents approximately 168 000 unemployed across the country. The rise was caused by an extra 14 500 individuals entering into the New Zealand’s working age population. According to Paula Bennett the New Zealand economy has been growing, but the rate of growth of jobs has not matched the number of extra workers in the quarter.

The minister stated that it is typical to see that job growth lagging behind an economic ...

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In-Work Tax Credit Does Not Breach Human Rights

December 19, 2008 New Zealand Taxation  No comments

The Human Rights Review Tribunal has ruled that the In-Work Tax Credit does not breach the Bill of Rights or Human Rights Acts.

On the 3rd of June, 2008 a trial headed by the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) against the Crown sought to find whether the In-Work Tax Credit aspect of the Government’s Working-for-Families package broke human rights.

The crux of the argument lay on the fact that to receive the $60 tax credit, a sole parent was required to be in paid employment for 20 hours per week, or for 30 hours in the case of two parents. According to CPAG almost 200,000 children in New Zealand were therefore discriminated against by the government as their parents were exclusively on benefits, or not working enough to qualify for the tax credit.

Furthermore, the Human Rights Review Tr...

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