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10:26 am, September 10th, 2017 - 28 comments
Categories: benefits, class war, national, welfare - Tags: #ChangeTheGovt, beneficiary bashing, brighter future, nine long years
Another update from nine long years of the brighter future:
The Social Development Minister, Anne Tolley, has defended her department after a report showing people on benefits were missing out on $200 million in entitlements a year.
The figures were in a report obtained by Newsub’s The Nation under the Official Information Act.
It showed 150,000 beneficiaries and low income families were not getting payments totalling $200m a year that they were entitled to.
Labour’s Carmel Sepuloni told The Nation, the culture that had developed in Work and Income offices under Mrs Tolley’s leadership was to blame.
“[WINZ staff are] withholding anything that people are entitled to – they are overstretched…
Tolley blames the underpayment on the complexities of the benefit system. Know what would be nice and simple? Universal Basic Income (UBI).
Labour says a culture within WINZ which has “created two classes of New Zealanders” is preventing beneficiaries from getting what they’re entitled to.
But Ms Sepuloni said the system is not working.
“Some accessing these hardship grants are on a benefit – some are the working poor, struggling to survive.”
She said it was the “same old, same old from the Government”.
“The Government’s response has been to push people off benefits with no regard for whether or not they’ll in fact be better off.
“This is why we want to focus on upskilling and training, rather than just pushing people into the next minimum wage job that comes along.” …
Beneficiary groups have slammed Work and Income over a new report showing people missing out on $200 million a year in entitlements.
Auckland Action Against Poverty spokesperson Alastair Russell said Work and Income case managers deliberately withhold information about benefit entitlements.
“There’s a whole raft of entitlements that people both in and out of work are entitled to and Work and Income treat them like state secrets.
“If you don’t ask, you don’t know. And you don’t know what you don’t know.” …
Beneficiaries are not getting the support that they are entitled to. NZ is beset by rising poverty, its associated diseases, homelessness, and suicide. I wonder if these facts could possibly be related?
So the amount beneficiaries are being *underpaid* is more than 6x higher than the supposed cost of benefit fraud? https://t.co/XvbwGnwE71
— Dylan Horrocks (@dylanhorrocks) September 9, 2017