Auckland family of 10 appeals $78,000 Work and Income debt

  • An Auckland woman and her eight children living in a one-bedroom motel unit have racked up a $78,000 debt with Work and Income for their “emergency housing” costs.

Auckland Action Against Poverty (AAAP) has called in lawyers to help beneficiaries appeal tens of thousands in housing debts owed to Work and Income because they say the agency often does not tell beneficiaries they have to pay back the money or that they can appeal the debts.

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Some people placed in emergency housing at private motels are racking up thousands in debt to WINZ.

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