Kiss goodbye to $200 million in welfare fraud

Credit: 1NEWS

It’s a stretch to say I’m happy paying tax but I accept that it is a necessary evil.  I accept that we have a social welfare system in New Zealand and that we pay a benefit to various groups of people for them to survive.  It should be a hand up, helping people down on their luck to get back on their feet, a short term tide-me-over until they can get back in the workforce and earn a living.

So it galls me big time that there are people who are able to work who choose not to, instead expecting to be kept by the tax on the money that we work hard to earn. What galls me exponentially more is that some beneficiaries are not satisfied with their regular average benefit and think it is okay to steal our tax as well.

This from 1NEWSQuote:

More than $200 million of the $1.5 billion debt beneficiaries owe the Ministry of Social Development is down to fraud, raising questions about the ministry’s oversight.
1 NEWS has been leaked details of the 10 largest welfare frauds as at the end of last year.
The largest individual amount stolen from the ministry that’s yet to be paid back is $614,000.  End of quote.

OK, now I’m apoplectic with rage.  One person has stolen $614,000?  How the heck did that happen?  Quote:

ACT party leader David Seymour is not surprised.
“I’m not surprised one person’s done $600,000 of fraud in a culture when the taxpayer has unlimited responsibility and beneficiaries have no ultimate consequences,” he told 1 NEWS.
Former Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei became the face of benefit fraud when she admitted claiming payments she wasn’t entitled to.  She wasn’t prosecuted – but that’s not usually the case.
Nine of the ten people with the highest debt have been convicted and sentenced to prison or home detention for benefit fraud as at the end of last year.  End of quote.

Excellent, they stole from us and now we are paying to keep them in prison.  Quote:

Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni said, “We don’t want to be in the game of prosecuting people. But the reality is we have legal obligations, and where people have done wrong, where they’ve claimed money where they shouldn’t have knowingly then it leads down the prosecution track.”  End of quote.

Ms Sepuloni already has a pathetically wet approach to benefit fraud and the Greens want to lift benefit sanctions altogether.  Tell me, if they get their way, what will the fraud bill balloon to?  That’s our tax money folks, being stolen from under our noses, but don’t worry, the Labour-led government has got this.  Quote:

[…] The welfare system is now under review and the minister in charge admits it needs work.
“We’ve got the technology now to try to make things a lot more tighter than what they’ve been in the past. And we’ve got to work towards doing that. As a Government we’re focused on a fairer welfare system,” Ms Sepuloni said.[…]  End of quote.

Fairer on who?  Quote:

[…] Mr Seymour says there’s only one way to tackle welfare debt and fraud.
“The only way to do this is to have cashless welfare. Give people a card that can be used for select purposes only. Otherwise all you can do is hand out more and more money,” he said.
The Government has promised a more compassionate approach, though beneficiaries will have to wait to find out exactly what that means.[…]  End of quote.

I’m afraid that probably means just handing out more and more of our hard earned tax money.

 


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