Overseas Travel at Taxpayers’ Expense by Angela Caldin

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett announced recently here in New Zealand that more than 21,000 people (superannuitants not included) have had their benefits cut now that rules concerning overseas travel have been tightened, saving more than $10.5 million since July last year. Just over half of these were people on job seeker benefits, and about a quarter were sole parents. Ms Bennett said that although the rules are tighter, they still allow for overseas travel on compassionate or health grounds in certain cases for job seekers, while beneficiaries without work obligations may… Read More