Sunday, December 21, 2008

Work and Income Manager tells more lies

The wife of a former gang leader caught driving while her licence was suspended had her towing and impound fees paid by Work and Income .WINZ deputy Chief Executive Patricia Reade responds:
I can say that paying for cars to be returned to people who are not legally entitled to drive is totally unacceptable. In exceptional circumstances WINZ will provide repayable loans to clients for car towage and impoundment fees. This would only be considered if the car was essential due to illness, disability or employment.
Read is spouting complete rubbish, and not for the first time. The money in question was not paid to get this gang members wife into employment, or because of illness or disability. WINZ did not check if the person has a license or whether the car was registered and warranted.

WINZ is not required to check if the person needed the car due to illness, disability or employment. It doesn't even check to see if the person owned the car. All it requires that the person has an "immediate and essential need" and meets an income and asset test.

That need was to get the car back and minimise the towage and storage fees. Being unlicensed, unwarranted and unregistered doesn't come into it. This is not a one off - payment is even made to drunk drivers who get their cars impounded. If it is unacceptable to provide grants to unlicensed drivers, surely you'd think Reade would at least require people to produce drivers licences when applying for a loan, instead of telling porkies.




Blogger Steve Withers said...

You go tell the gang dude he can't have the car back.

Hope your name's not in the phone book.

I suspect it may have gone that way...and the rules can catch up later (maybe).

You won't stop this sort of thing until there are no gangs.

December 21, 2008 at 12:58 PM  
Blogger Seamonkey Madness said...


It is exactly that kind of attitude that leads to the system falling into the disrepair it is in now.
Yes, you will stop this sort of thing if there are still gangs. It is called have some balls to say no to the biggest bully in the playground. When they biff you in the nose, go tell on them to the headmaster (Police) and get them on detention (jail).

If WINZ staff kept saying no to these hooligans, then they wouldn't have any incentive to keep going back for more, and then threatening when they don't.

December 23, 2008 at 4:37 PM  

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