Wednesday, May 28, 2008

The joy of welfare

Delicious Domninion-Post story about a doctor who says GPs are being bullied by sickness beneficiaries who are too lazy to work.

"A lot of people on sickness benefits say Work and Income staff have sent them and just expect you to sign the form."
He had seen one woman who had been on a sickness benefit for 19 years because of asthma but smoked a packet of cigarettes a day. Work and Income had offered her several quit programmes. "She admitted she was too lazy to go."


And there's more:

Another sickness beneficiary's documented reason for not working was they "could not be bothered".
He signed off both beneficiaries but wrote on their forms that they needed follow-up and reassessment.

And:
"it becomes a culture of handouts."

The story continues:

The National Party has previously accused the Government of hiding unemployment by switching people to invalid or sickness benefits.
At the end of March, nearly 46,000 people were on a sickness benefit - up from 38,000 five years earlier, but a decline from March 2007.
In the 12 months to March 2008, a net 2760 people transferred from unemployment to a sickness benefit.


Well , I don't know about you but I'm getting sick of paying for bludgers like this.
And Liarbour thinks savings cannot be made in welfare!

UPDATE: Minister Darren Hughes calls on GPs to dob in beneficiery bullies.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

There are now more people on the sickness benefit, than there were on sickness+unemployment benefit in 1990

for all its crowing about the economy, Labour has just put more people on benefits than ever before in NZ. The unemployment rate is a lie - it's more like 10% - simply because so many people are on DBP and sickness.

I suggest a phased approach: one phase - benefits reduced to zero

Anonymous said...

Steady on anonymous, but the article clearly shows how Liarbour has helped fiddle the unemployment figures by pushing so many onto the sickness benefit.
Or is Liarbore, as a government, truly making us sick.
Well, like you say Fairfacts, I'm getting sick of supporting so many bludgets.
This gopvernment truly is making many of us ill.
No wonder so many flee to healthier climes.

pdq

Psycho Milt said...

The article in fact clearly shows something entirely different. Read this:

The National Party has previously accused the Government of hiding unemployment by switching people to invalid or sickness benefits.

At the end of March, nearly 46,000 people were on a sickness benefit - up from 38,000 five years earlier, but a decline from March 2007.

...

The number on an invalid benefit - for people with long-term health problems - has also climbed over five years. But the number on the unemployment benefit dropped from 101,000 in 2003 to 19,000 last March.


So - in the last 5 years, sickness benefit numbers have increased by 8,000, while unemployment benefit numbers have declined by 80,000. Oh yeah, what a dastardly plot.

By all means, let's clean up these fucks skiving on the sickness benefit, but please let's leave out the bullshit while we're doing it.