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JobSeeker sanctions not for those "doing everything they can"

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Publish Date
Fri, 19 Apr 2024, 8:26am
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JobSeeker sanctions not for those "doing everything they can"

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Fri, 19 Apr 2024, 8:26am

Reassurances are being given that those on JobSeekers won't be punished if a tough job market means they can't find work. 

New MSD figures reveal just under 188,000 people are on this benefit, up almost 20,000 people from last year.  

The Government's hoping to get 50,000 off JobSeekers in the next six years.  

Social Development Minister Louise Upston told Mike Hosking that if people are doing everything they can, they won't be sanctioned.  

She says it's about people not taking the steps to get ready for a job and doing their bit. 

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