You can run but you won’t be bludging off us

More than 100 ratbags on the run from Police and on benefits will no longer be getting our coin after law changes six weeks ago.

Nearly 100 beneficiaries on the run from police have had their welfare cut in the six weeks since the policy was introduced, Social Development Minister Paula Bennett said today.

As part of the Government’s wide-ranging welfare reforms, a beneficiary on an outstanding arrest warrant for more than 28 days was given ten days to clear the warrant. 

If they did not, they had their welfare cut, or up to half of it if they were a parent with dependent children.

“Arrest warrants don’t just go away by themselves,” Mrs Bennett said. “They have to be dealt with and by prompting action through the benefit system, that’s happening faster.”

In the six weeks since the policy was implemented, 95 people have failed to turned themselves in and have lost their welfare payment.

Ms Bennett said the policy had also helped to clear 161 arrest warrants. In all, 311 people had been warned.

She said taxpayers should not be subsidising people who were on the run from the police.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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