24 Apr 2018

Woman's benefit cut without investigation a 'one-off' error

From Morning Report, 7:14 am on 24 April 2018

The Ministry of Social Development is insisting it made a one-off mistake in stopping a woman's benefit before they'd investigated a tip off she was cheating the system. The Auckland solo mother of three was initially wrongly told her benefit had been cut because she had been on two Tinder dates - but the real reason was a complaint she was living with a man and was working. The accusation turned out to be untrue and the case has reignited calls for a culture change at Work and Income.