No doubt the Nats and their devoted fans will regard this as a measure of success:
More than 2400 benefits suspended since 2013
A tough new policy that chops off welfare benefits for people with outstanding arrest warrants has netted more than 2400 cases since it came into force in July 2013.
The Ministry of Social Development says it suspended 22 NZ superannuation and veterans’ pensions, and 2411 other benefits, in the first two and a half years of the new policy up to the end of last December.
Suspensions have jumped from 75 a month in the first year of the new policy to 95 a month in the latest half-year. …
My question for the Nats (and for anyone who supports this policy) is this – what happens to people who have their benefit terminated? How do they live? Do we know? Do we care?