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


Most prisoners rip off benefits

Hon Tony Ryall MP - National Law and Order spokesman

8 February 2005

Most prisoners rip off benefits

National's Law and Order spokesman, Tony Ryall, says criminals should automatically lose their welfare benefits the day they arrive in prison.

Social Development Minister Steve Maharey, in answer to written questions by Mr Ryall, says that half of the country's 6500 prisoners were caught last year wrongly receiving welfare benefits worth more than $1.8 million.

According to Ministry of Social Development figures, 3762 prisoners continued to receive a benefit while in prison, despite the fact that prisoners are not eligible for welfare.

The Ministry says 54% of those were receiving the unemployment benefit and 22% were receiving the sickness benefit.

"With a stronger focus on getting people off benefits and into work, we can reduce the likelihood of offending by some of these people," Mr Ryall says.

"If they are busy working there is no time to commit crime.

"This nonsense of benefits for crims has got to stop.

"This seems to be another case of this Labour Government putting prisoners' rights ahead of those of the taxpayer and the community. First, we have prisoners suing for hurt feelings, and now we have them getting the sickness benefit after being convicted of all sorts of crimes."


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>


Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>


Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>


Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>


With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>


Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news