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Over 4000 off benefits in 12 months

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 18/01/2017

The number of people receiving a benefit has fallen 1.4 per cent in the last 12 months.

Almost 4440 people have gone off the benefit, putting the rate at the lowest its been since the lowest the 2008 Global Financial Crisis.

Those receiving Sole Parents Support dropped the most, according to Social Development Minister, Anne Tolley, with 3,410 fewer people receiving it than the same time last year.

The Bay of Plenty had the most sole parents going off the support, with 9 per cent, followed by 6.4 per cent in Auckland.

"Children who grow up in benefit dependent homes are less likely to achieve NCEA Level 2, more likely to be notified to CYFs, and more likely to end up on a benefit themselves," Mrs Tolley said.

The increasing numbers of sole parents not receiving benefits will help break the cycle of welfare dependence, she says.

However, Canterbury had the largest increase in Jobseeker Support recipients, with 11.8 per cent.

FIGURES AT DECEMBER 31, 2016:

* 297,010 people aged 18-64 years were receiving a main benefit.

* 57.5 per cent of main benefit recipients were female.

* 70.4 percent of main benefit recipients had been receiving it for more than a year.

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