August 10, 2022
Nats copycat jobs policy exposes investment gap
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says National’s new jobs policy doesn’t march up to its performance in office.
She says most of what was promised in Christopher Luxon’s speech to the National Party conference was brought in by Labour since it became Government.
That includes job coaches, incentive payments when long-term unemployed get and stay in jobs, and the use of community organisations to deliver support, such as the one Mr Luxon said he visited.
“We built these programmes because when we came in the Ministry for Social Development just did not have the investment that meant we had people available to provide that support. They weren’t in a position to spend a good chunk of their time trying to place people into work. They were just dealing with the need as it arrived through the door,” Prime Minister Ardern says.
She says the investment is one reason for unemployment at just 3.3 percent, and Māori unemployment at a near record 5.5 percent, and there is no truth to the claim young beneficiaries are getting a free ride under Labour.