Social Policy Analysis of the Jobseekers Benefit

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This essay will provide an analysis of the Jobseekers benefit, its purposes, main strategies and projected results. It will identify key policy-related issues and offer a critical breakdown of the proposal. The details of the policy changes will be examined so as to understand who will be affected by the changes and in what ways, also we will also look at what reasoning is behind this restructuring. The political party who supports this policy will be discussed as well as how their values and principles underpin the changes involved. In July 2013 the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) decided to replace the main benefits with either the Jobseeker support or sole parent support. These were the unemployment benefit, the domestic purposes benefit (DPB), the sickness benefit, and the widow’s benefit (MSD, 2013). The benefit names have been changed to make the goals clear, support rather than benefit infers a temporary arrangement. The purpose of these policies are to effect change, to get people off of the benefit, into paid work and reduce dependency on the state. The key strategy for accomplishing this seems to be by making it incredibly difficult for someone not only to obtain assistance, but also to keep receiving it. The obligations are quite firm and any failure to meet these affects your income immediately. Another strategy is to make work attractive and to penalise the unemployed. The projected outcome for this proposal is that there are less people receiving the benefit and more people in paid work. According to Work and Income New Zealand (WINZ), depending on the persons situation they must be ready and looking for either full or part time work. Factors which would influence this would be whether a person has a medical reason for being unable to work, or if it is a parent with a child under 5. This benefit has made a number of changes; mainly
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