Just give us our $20 a week

An infuriating case just out from the Supreme Court.

In the late 1990s was found guilty of benefit fraud. She was imprisoned briefly and in 2000 WINZ started docking $20 a week off her benefit to recover the $120,000 she stole from taxpayers. A token amount but important so people don’t get to keep the benefits of fraud.

17 years later only $4,000 has been paid back. Instead Ms Harlen has spent most of that time fighting the repayments in every forum possible, including:

  • Benefits Review Committee
  • Social Security Appeal Authority x 2
  • High Court x 2
  • Court of Appeal
  • Supreme Court

Such a strong case of entitlementitis.

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