There's plenty more where this one came from”
27 October 2013
WINZ Management clearly has a training programme which teaches its staff the art of employing deception upon beneficiaries. There is ample provision under the Social Welfare Acts of 1964 and 1990, to meet the needs of those unfortunate enough to suffer an illness which prevents them from earning a living in their remaining lifetime — such as an invalid. However, WINZ employs its own tricky dickey policies ensuring 90% of beneficiaries live in a constant state of financial scantiness.
A beneficiary applying for a Special Benefit will be dealt to by staff trained to make sure that he/she never receives fair consideration. Thus, a false assessment is made and a Special Benefit declined. It happens all the time. The primary aim of the Ministry of Social development to save the government of the day as much money as possible. Beneficiaries needs are regarded as of little importance.
Early morning meditation session
WINZ Service Centre managers meditate daily on how best to apply dirty tricks, in order to deny disadvantaged New Zealanders financial assistance.
For too long many deserving people have been denied financial help through being fed misinformation and suffering the indignity of being lied to.
During interviews important factors are cleverly avoided being discussed by staff trained in deception. The successful employment of this insidious tactic is almost impossible to detect. The goal is to hoodwink an already disadvantaged person into believing that he or she has been treated fairly and honestly, while being subjected to appalling deception.
While appearing to be helpful with a client’s application, say for a Special Benefit, WINZ staff are intent only on making sure that the application is either refused, or, only the very minimum is granted. Toward this end a beneficiaries true financial circumstances will be ignored. Instead ‘red herrings’ will be introduced to draw the applicants attention away from them. Relevant factors such as a letter from a doctor recommending assistance will not be discussed. It will receive no acknowledgement whatsoever.
If the client attempts to direct focus onto the GP's letter or any other pertinent point, the case manager interviewer will suddenly become absorbed with the computer keyboard, or start writing, or shuffle papers about. If that fails to divert the beneficiary's thoughts away from the vital factor, he may gloss over its importance and try to shrug it off. One way or another, the ‘helpful’ staff member will skilfully omit to talk about anything which would ensure a Special Benefit or some other type of assistance should be granted.
Another ruse employed by the case manager is to distract a client from pursuing a relevant point. Feigning surprise, he will lead the client to believe that the point raised is new to his experience and will excuse himself to seek advise. Upon his return the poor beneficiary will be fed a load of hog-wash and the subject dropped.
One thing is for certain; no relevant factor, circumstance, or financial commitment supporting assistance will be discussed, much less taken into account pursuant to the social welfare act 1964).
Once a beneficiary leaves the WINZ office, the chances of ever hearing from them again are pretty slim. But if the beneficiary does make a further enquiry, a letter will be sent stating the reasons why a Special Benefit - now T.A.S. - has been declined However, a careful study of these reasons will almost certainly reveal a colouring of facts designed to convince the hapless applicant once and for all that they have no lawful entitlement to assistance when in fact they do!
What makes this secret policy of employing deception, even more wicked is that it is used to ensure that the permanent invalids in our society remain impoverished. With the resultant anxiety, ill-health and other social problems arising. Yet deception is often the name of the game when it comes to assessing an application for financial assistance. There are rules, or steps Work and income must follow when assessing an application for assistance These rules are clearly explained in the “Ministerial Directive” manual staff are provided with. However, these instructions, more often than not are ignored.
Tricky dickey employees make certain that needy persons are not only denied financial assistance, but will believe they are not entitled to any.
There is ample provision under the Social Welfare Acts of 1964, to meet the needs of those unfortunate enough to suffer an illness which prevents them from earning a living in their remaining lifetime. However, WINZ applies its own policies to ensure that 95% of invalids remain in a constant paucity.