Paula Bennett takes back taxpayer money from bludgers sneaking off overseas


If you are alive care of the tax payer, you need to let WINZ know if you are going for a trippy-poo overseas.  We take a dim view of you spending a week at Surfers’ on our money while we are slogging our guts out earning the taxes to pay for your lifestyle.  

More than 30,000 New Zealanders had their benefits cut last financial year for travelling overseas without letting officials know.

Ministry of Social Development figures show 31,714 people had benefits cut for going overseas without telling Work and Income – down on the previous year’s 35,565.

Benefits related to jobseeker support were those most often cut. …

Ministry of Social Development service delivery deputy chief executive Carl Crafar said all beneficiaries were now required to tell Work and Income about their travel intentions or their benefits were stopped on departure.

He said the rules still allowed for overseas travel on compassionate or health grounds in certain cases.

The reason people don’t notify WINZ is because they aren’t travelling on health or compassionate grounds.

But now that data matching is happening with Immigration, those taking liberties with our money are going to cop it between the eyes.


– Kim Fulton, NZ Herald

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