18 Oct 2019

Serious flaws found in benefit fraud investigators

From Morning Report, 7:50 am on 18 October 2019

A top-level review has found serious flaws in the oversight and training of benefit fraud investigators with the Ministry of Social Development. The independent assessment was ordered after a Privacy Commissioner's report said the ministry had been systematically misusing its powers while pursuing suspected fraud. But concerns remain about whether the beneficiaries who were the targets of potentially unlawful investigations will get any redress. Our social issues reporter Sarah Robson has the story.