The Media party is helping Sue Bradford publicise her attempts to teach the ‘lame to game’ the welfare system.
In the low-income Auckland suburb of Mangere, a three-day “Impact” event where beneficiaries can seek help from advocates to get their full entitlements from Work & Income has drawn to a close.
Impact is run by Auckland Action Against Poverty(AAAP) founded by Sue Bradford
“While we would be a lot happier if our work wasn’t needed, the stark reality is that every day hundreds of people are denied the full assistance to which they are entitled from Work and Income,” Bradford says.
The benefits system is complex, heavy on paperwork and rules, and benefits officers have discretion over whether to give grants, or impose punitive sanctions.
Often people interacting with complex bureaucratic systems hire experts to help, like the owners of small businesses hiring tax accountants to cope with the tax system.
By definition, beneficiaries have no money to hire help. Read more »