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Posted 13 October 2013 - 01:42 PM

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Posted 13 October 2013 - 06:08 PM

WINZ need to be looking more closely at their managers.... They are in positions that they often abuse. There is a heck of a lot of it going on...thats a fact


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Posted 15 October 2013 - 02:57 PM

This topic was addressed during Parliamentary question time today

MIKE SABIN
to the Associate Minister of Social Development: What new measures have recently begun to help prevent fraudulent criminal activity in our welfare system?
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Posted 16 October 2013 - 10:46 AM

View Postnetcoachnz, on 15 October 2013 - 02:57 PM, said:

This topic was addressed during Parliamentary question time today

MIKE SABIN
to the Associate Minister of Social Development: What new measures have recently begun to help prevent fraudulent criminal activity in our welfare system?



Welfare Fraud— Deterrents
8. MIKE SABIN (National—Northland) to the Associate Minister for Social Development: What new measures have recently begun to help prevent fraudulent criminal activity in our welfare system?

Hon CHESTER BORROWS (Associate Minister for Social Development) : This week the Ministry of Social Development is starting a new low-trust - client regime that will involve a small group of beneficiaries who have been proven to be dishonestly taking money from the welfare system and put in additional checks for them to prevent them ripping off taxpayers again. They will face increased scrutiny on information they provide, be prevented from accessing services over the phone or the internet, and be required to meet face to face with the same case manager on a regular basis. Although they will still receive welfare support when they need it, these measures will make it harder for them to rip off the welfare system a second time.

Mike Sabin : How does the low-trust - client regime fit with other new measures the Government has introduced to prevent, detect, and punish welfare fraud?

Hon CHESTER BORROWS : This is one of several sensible and targeted measures the Government has introduced to stop welfare fraud. It complements other measures such as increased information sharing, streamlined investigative procedures, and joint agency investigations, all of which started this year. These measures have already seen significant fraudulent benefits worth millions of dollars a year stopped, and people put before the courts to answer for their actions.

Mike Sabin : What views has he seen on the Government’s approach to welfare fraud and alternative approaches?

Hon CHESTER BORROWS : The Government takes the view that fraud is fraud, whether it is dipping into grandma’s purse or the social fund, or taking welfare money you are not entitled to. It is all fraud, it is all criminal, and we make no apologies for treating it as such. Unsurprisingly, the feedback I have had from Kiwis out there has overwhelmingly been in support, but if that lot over there wants to turn a blind eye to crime—

Mr SPEAKER : Order! That answer is quite sufficient.


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