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Why comply?

02/06/2021

Omnishambles

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No beneficiary has been sanctioned for not meeting social obligations:

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…

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