Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Report Highlights Serious Welfare Flaws

Report Highlights Serious Welfare Flaws

Wednesday 10 Dec 2003 Dr Muriel Newman Press Releases -- Social Welfare

The Controller and Auditor-General's report into the accuracy of social security benefit administration, released to Parliament today, raises serious concerns about the Social Development Ministry's administration of benefits, ACT New Zealand Social Welfare Spokesman Dr Muriel Newman said today.

"The report `Social Security Benefits: Accuracy of Benefit Administration' was produced in response to concerns surrounding MSD's administration of nearly $12 billion of Crown funding," Dr Newman said.

"The report raises significant issues: there appears to be a lack of best practice information-sharing between the regions - including improvements in managing caseloads and achieving and maintaining the accuracy of benefit payments - the use of team coaches, and in promoting the accuracy of benefit payments.

"An area of particular concern was the failure of Accuracy Reporting Programmes, to measure and report accuracy of `unverifiable' cases. These `unverifiable cases' may well be a link to more substantive flaws in the system but, because the Ministry excludes them from its samples, these flaws remain hidden.

"Further, the report identifies that fraud overpayment estimates are not carried out on a regular basis, and recommends that a risk-sizing exercise - to estimate the amount of overpayments and fraud - be conducted regularly.

"In light of the substantial increase in welfare benefit payments that are now being administered by the department - almost 1.5 million benefit applications from around 370,000 beneficiaries - accuracy remains an issue of paramount importance to beneficiaries and taxpayers alike," Dr Newman said.


For more information visit ACT online at http://www.act.org.nz or contact the ACT Parliamentary Office at act@parliament.govt.nz.

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Sector Opposes Bill: Local Government Bill Timeframe Extended

The Minister of Local Government Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga has asked the Select Committee to extend the report back date for the Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No 2). More>>


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>


Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news