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Ministry of Social Development update regarding Kaitaia client Selwyn Clarke

10 February 2016.

Statement by Ministry of Social Development Associate Deputy Chief Executive Carl Crafar:

I can confirm we have been able to reinstate payments for Mr Selwyn Clarke, of Kaitaia.

We have been advised that the arrest warrant for Mr Clarke has been withdrawn, and I’m pleased to say this means we can reinstate payments of Mr Clarke’s Veteran’s Pension and Disability Allowance.

Mr Clarke received his pension into his bank account on the first available date for payments – Tuesday, 9 February. This payment covered the period from Friday, 29 January, the date the warrant to arrest was cleared.

Throughout this difficult situation, staff have worked hard to assist Mr Clarke.

It is important to remember that the rules around arrest warrants are clear.

Anyone receiving a Work and Income payment who is the subject of a warrant to arrest for a criminal offence needs to clear it as soon as possible or their payments will be affected.

Once payments have been stopped, they can’t be restarted until the warrant is cleared.

All the information that clients need to know about arrest warrants and how to clear them quickly is available on the Work and Income website.

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