The Government says it's committed to helping people who need a benefit - but it also wants to help them off welfare.
It hopes to cut the number of people on working age benefits from 78,000 to 55,000 by 2017 as part of the Government's Better Public Services programme.
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says they'll be targeting those who've been on a working age benefit for more than 12 months.
Though she says that doesn't mean they'll be left out in the cold.
"Wrapping more support around them so making sure that training really is aligned with industry and jobs which makes a big difference. They might find themselves actually being given opportunities that they weren't before."
Ms Bennett says the reduction target is ambitious, but she believes it's achievable.
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