This should always have been the case

The next stage of our welfare reforms come into effect later this month.  Among them – this change to beneficiaries with outstanding arrest warrants. What do you think? http://www.national.org.nz/Article.aspx?articleId=41412

 

The idea that someone who is evading the law has been able to be supported by public money is ludicrous.

4 Responses to This should always have been the case

  1. Many people with arrest warrants aren’t actively evading the law. A lot of people don’t even know that there are arrest warrants for them: e.g. a summons for some relatively minor matter was delivered to the wrong address, so they didn’t know they had to be at court, so they weren’t at court, so an arrest warrant was issued.

  2. JC says:

    But thats no different to many aspects of dealing with authorities, eg, the IRD when the accountant doesn’t do the paperwork for whatever reason.

    JC

  3. Gravedodger says:

    eggzakery,

    No problem with the lack of awareness as there is over a month to sort things out from notification, before the benefit is halved.

    Also always in wonderment how we allow people with outstanding debts, student loans unless a gaurantor provided, outstanding fines( I gather there is a minimum amount but they bought the freekin ticket eh) or any other unresolved matters before the courts to leave our jurisdiction.

    Does Immigration have a computor system?

    If ones personal knowledge status is in such disaray maybe the warrent defaulter should be in care.

  4. tiffany267 says:

    I must be out of the loop (as usual since I’m probably the only non-NZ reader) – what is the context of this issue?

    As a libertarian, my opinion is that there should be no government “benefits” and there should be almost no laws. Solves both problems at once.

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