26 Sep 2023

National announces traffic light system for beneficiaries

From Midday Report, 12:13 pm on 26 September 2023

National has announced it will crackdown on beneficiaries if they're elected next month, saying jobseekers need to face consequences for not complying with their obligations to prepare for, or find work.

The party is promising a new traffic light system which will hit jobseeker beneficiaries with tougher sanctions if they flout the rules, which could include benefit reductions or suspensions, and mandatory community work.

Jobseekers will also have to reapply for the benefit every six months and provide documented proof of applications and interview attendance.

National's Social Development spokesperson Louise Upston spoke with Charlie Dreaver