September 20, 2018
Compensation for flawed meth test regime
Housing New Zealand is to compensate people who were kicked out of their state houses because of flawed methamphetamine tests.
Housing Minister Phil Twyford says the organisation accepts its approach was wrong.
About 800 tenants suffered by either losing their tenancies, losing their possessions, being suspended from the public housing waiting list, negative effects on their credit ratings or, in the worst cases, being made homeless.
Housing NZ will give tenants a formal apology and look to reimburse costs incurred, and make discretionary grants to cover expenses such as moving costs and furniture replacement.
Mr Twyford says the approach to methamphetamine from 2013 by the government of the day was a moral and fiscal failure, with tenants being demonised even as evidence grew that the meth test wasn’t fit for purpose,.
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