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Carmel Sepuloni: Labour's Social Development Spokesperson on the Government's plans to ramp up sanctions for those on the Jobseeker benefit

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Labour's defending its work in the benefit space when in government, saying it takes time for change to occur. 

Social Development Minister Louise Upston's announced a ramp up of work check-ins for jobseekers, with sanctions for those who don't meet obligations, starting in June. 

Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni told Mike Hosking that when she was minister, there were record levels of people leaving benefits to get into employment. 

But she says there were a lot of people coming onto the benefit who didn't necessarily have the skills to match the jobs that were out there, which is why they invested in upskilling and training. 

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