Benefit numbers fall in Christchurch Central

Friday, October 16, 2015

Latest figures reveal the number of people collecting a benefit in Christchurch Central, and across New Zealand, has decreased compared to the same time last year, Nicky Wagner MP says.

At the end of September there were 229 fewer Christchurch central people on a benefit compared to a year ago.

“This is great news as more locals are gaining independence by moving into employment or study.

“Christchurch already has a lower unemployment rate because of the economic activity resulting from the rebuild. It is great to see this economic activity translate into more people being supported off a benefit and into work or education.

“These people are now able to contribute to our growing economy, and their children can thrive in financially independent households.

“The progress we are making now will pay off for generations as we break the cycle of welfare dependency,” Nicky Wagner says.

Nationwide benefit numbers across all main benefit groups are down on the same period last year, and this is the lowest September quarter since 2008.