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Welfare Working Group members named

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Paula Bennett
Paula Bennett

Wellington, April 13 NZPA - Former Commerce Commission chairwoman Paula Rebstock will head the Welfare Working Group to examine long-term welfare dependence, Social Development Minister Paula Bennett said today.

The Group was formed as part of the Government's welfare package announced in March.

Ms Bennett said it would look at the causes and solutions of long-term welfare dependence and would develop options for creating a more sustainable and fair welfare system.

"With almost one in five children living in benefit-dependent families, breaking the cycle of welfare dependence is essential to avoiding a life of limited income and limited choices."

Past trends and current policy settings indicated the number of New Zealanders receiving long-term benefits was expected to increase unabated, Ms Bennett said.

Victoria University's Institute of Policy Studies will host the Welfare Working Group.

Members include academics, employers and community leaders, with Ms Rebstock chairing the group.

They will have their first meeting this month and are expected to report back by December.

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