OPINION: Every year I have to prove that my incurable and worsening disability has not miraculously gone away. I fill in forms that advisers put in drawers before going on holidays. When I do manage to work, my benefit gets cut and I get less money each week. I'm not alone in dealing with this. These are common problems people like me have with Work and Income. This is the reality of life in the welfare system in Aotearoa New Zealand in 2021. I am an artist and writer. I love politics and people. I studied political science in Wellington. Like so many people, that's where I wanted to make my home. READ MORE: ‘Reassuring and encouraging’ people to help themselves Breadwinner asks: Why can’t I access Government support? I used to be homeless. Last month I bought my first home A rise in the benefit is long overdue – I know, because I struggle to survive on it That's where my people were: the creatives and the outspoken. But it was the welfare system, in part, that eventually forced me to leave. I worked for as long as I could as an administrator at the Ministry of Health, between… Read full this story
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