Complaints lodged with work and income have increased by 30% according to stuff.co.nz. The government blames this on rising numbers of people needing assistance. According to their numbers, about 200,000 more since 2008.
The government has been telling us for the last 7 years that benefit numbers have been coming down. Now they are saying they are up, and if the numbers that have been quoted are correct the numbers are up significantly. Over 1 million people in this country of 4.5 million are now using government welfare.
The government has exposed it's own spin on welfare numbers while trying to defend it's welfare reforms that have turned Work And Income offices into hostile bullying environments designed to intimidate people in need and make the process of seeking help and assistance in times of need a frightening and heart wrenching fuck-around.