ASSIGNMENT:

Your experience of receiving a benefit

What is life really like in the welfare system? Share your story.
MARTIN DE RUYTER/STUFF

What is life really like in the welfare system? Share your story.

We need to stop "punishing people for being poor". This was Metiria Turei's message when she announced the new Greens welfare policy, which would raise all core benefit payments by 20 per cent, and remove all obligations on recipients.

In the same speech, she outed herself as a benefit fraudster, admitting she lied to Work and Income more than two decades ago while she was a solo mother on the DPB.

While many were quick to criticise, her admission is a reminder that a vast number of Kiwis are reliant on a benefit at some point in their lives.

So, we want to hear about your experience of receiving a benefit - now or in the past - whether it was a stopgap or longterm solution.

Was the money enough, or did it still leave you struggling? Have you been penalised or had your benefit taken away?

What do you think of New Zealand's welfare state? Should we be cutting benefit claimants some slack, or is tightening up the rules the only way to get more people into work?

Hit the big button to contribute. We accept submissions of between 250 and 800 words. App users: You can email your submission to stuffnation@stuff.co.nz.

 - Stuff Nation

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