Green co-leader urged to pay money back – MSN

Green co-leader urged to pay money back – MSN

Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei should pay back money she received on welfare as a solo mum after admitting she lied to authorities, a tax lobby group says.

Ms Turei said she didn’t tell welfare officials she had income from flatmates when she was receiving a benefit while studying law in the 1990s.

“I knew that if I told the truth about how many people were living in the house my benefit would be cut,” she said when releasing a families policy package on Sunday.

“And I knew that my baby and I could not get by on what was left.

“This is what being on the benefit did to me – it made me poor and it made me lie.”

By NZ Newswire

http://www.msn.com/en-nz/news/national/green-co-leader-urged-to-pay-money-back/ar-BBEum3v?ocid=News