15 Oct 2019

Too many trapped in a cycle of debt, calls for MSD lenience

From Morning Report, 8:40 am on 15 October 2019

The Government's being told it should be more willing to write off debts run up by beneficiaries to pay for basic living costs such as school uniforms, power bills and car repairs. More than half a billion dollars is owed to the Ministry for Social Development for recoverable hardship assistance and grants. Budget advisers and beneficiary advocates say too many people are being trapped in a cycle of debt.