Not clearing an arrest warrant will mean benefit payments are affected or stopped.
How benefit payments are affected
If you or your partner have an uncleared warrant for criminal matters, you'll be told that unless it’s cleared, or you've taken reasonable steps to try and clear it, your benefit will either:
- stop, if you don't have dependent children, or
- reduce by up to half, if you have dependent children.
If it hasn’t been cleared within 28 days after its issued, you'll get a letter advising you to clear it within 10 working days.
If the warrant is not cleared within 10 working days, your benefit payment will be affected.
If you have an arrest warrant and the New Zealand Police considers you to be a risk to public safety, your benefit can be stopped or reduced immediately, without telling you first.