Reasons Clients Not Permmitted Self Representation By Phone During BRC Hearings

Gregory Soar made this Official Information request to Ministry of Social Development

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From: Gregory Soar

Dear Ministry of Social Development,

Why are those clients deemed a safety risk not permitted to represent themselves by telephone during Benefit Review Committee hearings?

How can not allowing a client to represent themselves by telephone better provide security for the Board members?

How can allowing a client to self represent during Benefit Review Committee Board hearing via telephone increase any risk to any review board member?

What are the justifications for the removal of the right to speak directly with the board during these hearings?

Yours faithfully,

Gregory Soar

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Tēnā koe Gregory Soar

Thank you for your email received 13 October 2017, under the Official Information Act 1982. Your request has been forwarded to the appropriate officials at National Office to respond. You may expect a decision regarding your request to be sent to you as soon as possible.
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Official and Parliamentary Information team   |  Ministerial and Executive Services
Ministry of Social Development

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Dear Mr Soar

Please find attached a letter to you in response to your email of 13 October 2017 regarding representation by telephone during Benefits Review Committee hearings.

Yours sincerely
Ministerial and Executive Services

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