No one has ever had their benefit cut for failing to have their children in school or early education, or enrolled with a doctor.
That is despite the requirement for parents who are on the benefit to meet a number of so-called social obligations to keep getting their payments.
Ministry of Social Development (MSD) said checking people’s compliance had become a “burdensome administrative process” – and it cannot offer people any meaningful help if they cannot comply.
How hard is it to have children in school or preschool and to enrol with a doctor?
These aren’t requirements for the sake of requirements, they’re there for the welfare of the children for whom beneficiaries are being paid to care.
This isn’t the only failure to ensure compliance from MSD.
No checks are made on people claiming relocation grants to work in horticulture:
It’s touted as a way to get beneficiaries into jobs, but 1 NEWS can reveal no checks are made to see if those who move for a job, stay in the role.
This has led to accusations of workers moving just to get paid $5,000 and quitting only weeks after.
Tasman apple grower, Simon Easton, told 1 NEWS he had a few workers leave after they got paid the relocation subsidy.
“[It was] pretty catastrophic because they left and we could not employ anyone else,” he said. . .
What would happen if we didn’t comply with obligations to pay tax, get building and resource consents or obey road rules?
Would IRD, councils and police do nothing?
No, but when there’s no attempt to check beneficiaries meet the very basic requirements asked of them, why would they bother to comply?