Sunday, June 15, 2008

WINZ Deputy Chief Executive stretches truth in Dominion Post

Patricia Reade, Deputy Chief Executive of Work and Income stated in a letter to the Dominion Post this week that there is no link between the number receiving an unemployment benefit, and a sickness or invalids benefit.

She felt the need to do that because a former staff member pointed out that there was indeed a link and people were going to the doctor claiming depression so as to go on sickness and invalids benefits. Unfortunately for Ms Reade, most of the figures of benefit transfers are in the public arena, and nearly a quarter of new applications for the Sickness and Invalids Benefits are made by people already recieving a main benefit.

Of those who were on an Unemployment Benefit last year, 193 transferred to the Invalids benefit and massive 8579 transferred to the Sickness Benefit. That’s just last year. Of those who were on a Sickness Benefit, 5968 transferred to the Invalids benefit, including probably some of the ones that were transferred from the Unemployment Benefit earlier in the year, hence the link to the Unemployment Benefit. That’s the highest amount since 2002. Fewer than 300 transferred the other way off the Invalids benefit.

So now we have a little bit of an idea as to why the Invalids Benefit numbers have increased. For Ms Reade to say that there is no link is simply untruthful. Even her own Ministry does not agree with her. From the Ministry’s research:
Through disillusion with their prospects as job seekers, or as a result of being moved by the employment services or by benefit administrators, [people] progressively moved on to incapacity-related benefits.

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Blogger Steve Withers said...

Depression / mental illness are real.

Our economy is now full of people over 45 who have been laid off from industries that have now disappeared and who can't find work.

No one offers any assistance or incentive to retrain. Instead we import new people trained overseas.

That we then have to end up paying benefits for people thrown on thescrap heap by changes to trade policy shouldn't be a surprise.

What is a surprise is no one is talking about it beyond blaming the victims or slagging off the last-ditch government agency WINZ that allows these people to continue to function in society.

June 16, 2008 at 2:43 PM  
Blogger nissan said...

How about including all the claimants from ACC. who have by way of a magical healing by the ACC. WCAP. process, but legally can claim a disability allowance due to not being fit for work , as declared by WINZ Doctors

June 18, 2008 at 10:20 AM  

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