10 Jun 2010

Contributory social welfare insurance being discussed

10:42 pm on 10 June 2010

A Government welfare working group says a contributory social insurance scheme is used in every OECD country that provides income support, except Australia and New Zealand.

The group is meeting in Wellington to develop ideas for reforming the welfare system, and says getting people to pay in advance to meet some of their welfare costs should be considered.

It says one in eight people are on a benefit of some kind and it is important to get people back to work if possible.