National campaigned on comprehensively reforming welfare because too many people were trapped in a life of long-term welfare dependence.

The cost to taxpayers of New Zealand’s current beneficiary population will be over $78 billion. 12% of our working age population are on a benefit.

Last week the second stage of National’s welfare reforms passed into law. We are:

  • Expecting Jobseekers to be drug free, ready and work available
  • Simplifying benefit categories to focus on what people can do, not what they can’t
  • Stopping benefits to those with an outstanding warrant to arrest
  • Introducing health, education and social obligations so children in benefit dependent homes get a better start
  • Supporting sole parents into work

For too long we’ve left people to languish on benefits, dependent long-term on the state. National’s reforms will deliver change.