Rick Barker claims there is no-one on the dole in Flaxmere, but nobody believes him.
Officially there were 6 people on the dole at the end of March 2007. And according to Work and Income's general manager of national operations, Janine Dowding, Other benefit statistics for Flaxmere were also good, she said.
There are 1283 people registered on benefits at the Flaxmere office. Since 2002, Flaxmere has managed to reduce its total beneficiary caseload by a mere 156. It is by far the worst performing office in the region. In the past year DPB numbers have gone up, against the national trend. In the past five years, sickness benefits are up 39 percent and invalid's 8 percent.
Work and Income's general manager of national operations employs a very generous definition of "good".
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