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New govt policy framework on debt includes FV; related research on economic abuse

November 03, 2023 at 11:25 AM

From the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse -

A new government policy framework for personal debt to government includes consideration of family violence. This news story also highlights related research on economic abuse.

Te Tari Taaki | Inland Review has published a policy framework and guidance for handling personal debt that is owed to the government. The document, A framework for debt to government: Guidelines for agencies managing personal debt owed to government (2023), was designed to help government agencies to design, implement and evaluate policy and operational processes related to the creation, collection or write-off of personal debt owed to government. The purpose of the framework is to address problem debt and the lack of consistency among government agencies in managing this type of debt.

The framework and guidance includes consideration of family violence and economic abuse under Part 3: The person-centred approach. This section of the framework outlines how agencies can collectively take into account an individual’s personal circumstances and their ability to repay the debt.

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Category: Policy and Legislation