Five-month delay to set up eligibility criteria for new funding for crime victims

The government took more than five months to approve the final eligibility criteria for money set aside for victims of crime in Budget 2021.

The government took more than five months to approve the final eligibility criteria for a $3 million fund for crime victims in Budget 2021.
Photo: RNZ / Samuel Rillstone

A $3 million fund was set aside last year to financially support more survivors of sexual violence and people affected by regulatory prosecutions.

Last month, RNZ reported that there were no applications from serious crime victims despite applications having been open since early July.

An answer to another written parliamentary question shows that Justice Minister Kris Faafoi took more than five months to approve the final eligibility criteria.

The new funding was announced in May 2021 before final eligibility criteria were approved by Faafoi on November 4, 2021 retroactive to July 1, 2021.

The delay has meant rolling back larger payments for survivors of sexual violence and approving new grants for victims of serious regulatory violations.

National Party justice spokesman Paul Goldsmith said it showed the announcement was made without a plan for how to deliver it to those affected.

“You would think that if you were to announce a new fund in the Budget and it’s an urgent issue, it will be open and available for people to apply starting in July, that you would find out who is eligible and who is not.” ‘t.

“That process took months and it just shows that I don’t think they really thought about it at all.”

A spokesman for the minister’s office said the time between the approval of the budget and the establishment of eligibility criteria was consistent with the implementation of such a program.

But Goldsmith said the government had defrauded victims of serious crimes.

“The whole purpose is to help the victims of these terrible crimes. They got their hopes up with the announcement of the Budget and so far there has been no follow-up. That is why there have been no requests or delivery of the funds so far. “

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