BIG NEWS: Why can’t WINZ do the budgeting for beneficiaries?

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Why can’t WINZ do the budgeting for beneficiaries?

Green MP Jan Logie has highlighted that many families cannot get food grants off WINZ unless they reduce their costs, increase their income or get budgeting advice. I understand that if a third grant is applied for, budgeting advice must first happen before they get it.

The issue here is that WINZ can actually do their own budgets for beneficiaries, instead of referring people on to other budgeting agencies who have long waiting lists. Legally, WINZ case managers can do draft budgets to see if there is a need, and meet that need on the spot by either a special needs grant or other temporary assistance.

The trouble is that many WINZ Case Managers don’t know how to do a draft budget, and the ones that can are unwilling to do so.

To merely say “get budgeting advice” or “reduce your costs” is just lazy stuff from Case Managers who have an obligation to assist needy beneficiaries.

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5 Comments:

Blogger Viking said...

Winz gave up on being helpful 3 years back when Bennet took over.

December 20, 2011 at 9:08 PM  
Blogger Viking said...

Winz gave up being helpful 3 years ago when the Nats took over again.

December 20, 2011 at 9:09 PM  
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