I knew WFF represented a fairly dramatic lift in redistribution but the money available continues to surprise me. Here's a couple of stories from the latest Ministry of Social Development regional newsletters;
Recently one of Eileen’s clients was a woman on the Domestic Purposes Benefit who was experiencing severe financial and mental hardship. Eileen assessed that the woman was not receiving her correct family assistance entitlements, so on behalf of the client she made one phone call to IRD. Fifteen minutes later she was informed that her client would receive an extra $184 per week plus an $8,000 back payment from IRD. “Prior to our meeting she was showing signs of extreme distress. When she left us she was over the moon, a great weight had been lifted off her shoulders, all the stress and emotion had gone,” says Eileen.
Work and Income even go looking for people to give it to;
Forty thousand people over a four-day festival kept Work and Income staff busy at the Te Matatini National Kapa Haka competition held in Palmerston North. Work and Income staff were there promoting the Working for Families package, and information on Enterprising Communities. “This is a huge whänau event where we were able to provide families with information that can change lives. People were surprised at how much they can be earning and still be eligible for assistance, it’s great that we are out there reaching people who normally wouldn’t come to us for assistance,” said Rongo Puketapu, Working for Families Case Manager.
Whatever happened to New Zealanders, the rugged individualists.
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