1 Jul 2020

Benefit debts double in five years

From Morning Report, 8:25 am on 1 July 2020

The average amount people owe to the Ministry of Social Development after getting grants or advances to cover basic living costs has doubled in the last five years.

Figures released under the Official Information Act to advocacy group Auckland Action Against Poverty also show, on average, women have to pay back more than men.

Here's RNZ social issues reporter, Sarah Robson.