Via APNZ, yet another announcement about National’s benefit crack-down o’ the week:
Kidnappers are among the serious violent criminals whose benefits police will be able to block.
Under sweeping benefit reforms to take effect next month, police will work closely with the Ministries of Social Development and Justice to match data on beneficiaries in trouble with the law.
The Ministry of Social Development will stop benefits to people with outstanding arrest warrants who do not turn themselves in after 38 days, and police will be able to tell officials to cut benefits to serious offenders.
A spokeswoman for Social Development Minister Paula Bennett said a person would be considered a danger to the public if they had committed serious, violent crimes and were on the run from police.
What a relief! I was worried that this latest, extensively promoted policy might specifically exempt kidnappers and other dangerous criminals, so it’s great that the Minister went to the trouble to clarify things. Finally someone is doing something about the kidnapping scourge crippling our nation!
On a less important note, New Zealand has lost at least six hundred jobs this week – that’s only the major closure announcements; unemployment was up last quarter, and is artificially low because of the record levels of migration to Australia. But at least Paula Bennett is working hard to prevent kidnappers on the run from the law from receiving the accommodation supplement.