11 Aug 2016

More than half of all beneficiaries owe Work and Income money

9:17 pm on 11 August 2016

More than half of all beneficiaries now owe Work and Income money, and their debts have increased in every region over the last year.

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Figures released to Checkpoint With John Campbell show 60 percent of beneficiaries had a debt, up from 49 percent in 2008.

The debt includes money owed for overpayments, one-off grants for living costs, and some fraud.

Regionally, Auckland had the most indebted beneficiaries, with 51,000 people owing an average of $2800 each.

In Northland, 11,000 beneficiaries owed an average of $2700.

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