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

 


Ministry loses track of taxpayer money

Judith Collins
National Party Welfare Spokeswoman

22 April 2006

Ministry loses track of taxpayer money

National Party Welfare spokeswoman Judith Collins says it is unacceptable that the Social Development Ministry does not know how much money it is paying to beneficiaries who claim for assistance with car loans and running costs.

She is commenting on an admission by the ministry that the amount claimed by working-age beneficiaries for car loans does not equate to the amount paid, and that it has no idea how much it has actually paid.

Last year, 10,018 beneficiaries claimed an average of $74 a week for help with car repayments, compared with only 1,528 claims in 2000, when Labour first came to power. The number getting extra help for car running costs last year was 499, compared with 106 in 2000.

"It is unacceptable that the ministry knows what individuals are claiming but not what they are being paid," says Ms Collins.

"It suggests an unwillingness to tell the truth, and to be accountable for taxpayers' money.

"It is also outrageous that special benefit recipients could receive more than $3,800 a year to cover personal loans."

Ms Collins says that even though car assistance was capped at $52.97 a week from April 1 this year, it remains inappropriate for unemployed working-age beneficiaries to get taxpayer help to pay off a car.

"It is a significant amount of money to be spending on what should be a luxury item for people who are not having to go to work to earn a living."

The increase in the number of beneficiaries receiving car assistance mirrors the number of people receiving special benefits. In 2000 there were 10,718 people on special benefits, and in June last year there were 53,255.

ENDS


© 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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

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>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news