Children Burdened with Warrants for Arrest
4 July 2013
Children Burdened with Warrants
Parents and caregivers with outstanding
arrest warrants should front up and sort out their issues so
that children are not affected by their mistakes, says New
Zealand First welfare and social spokesperson Asenati
New welfare reforms will allow Work and
Income to cut or stop benefit payments for individuals with
outstanding warrants if they do not clear their name within
38 days – from July 15.
“We need to ensure that
the safety of children is not jeopardised by irresponsible
parents and caregivers who have warrants out for their
arrest” says Mrs Lole-Taylor.
“For its part the
Government must avoid making any mistakes in punishing the
wrong people given the recent WINZ IT systems failure.
“The system is not perfect and it would be most
unfortunate if benefits were cut to the wrong people because
of a computer glitch or clerical error,” says Mrs
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