Please read the below information before deciding whether to agree to participate.

Beneficiary Advisory Service (BAS) provides free support, advice and advocacy to those on a benefit or a low income. We are concerned about the high number of sanctions being issued by Work and Income and the impact these have on the wellbeing of our client group. We have received funding to carry out research to understand why beneficiaries are receiving sanctions in very high numbers and what can be done to reduce these.

You are invited to participate in this research project because you are (or have been) on a benefit, you have received a sanction from Work and Income and you are over the age of 18.

Your participation in this research study is voluntary and you can withdraw from the study at any time, up until two weeks following completion of the survey.

The procedure involves completing an online survey that will take approximately 5 minutes. The survey questions will be about a sanction that you have received. Your responses will be confidential and we will not collect any identifying information. If you wish to go into the draw for 2 x $100 supermarket vouchers you will, however, need to provide your email address or phone number. This is for the purposes of contacting you if you win one of the vouchers and won’t be stored with your survey response.

A summary of the research results will be available on our website and in our offices following completion of the research.  We can send this to you but you will need to provide your contact details. Again, this is for the purposes of contacting you when the summary is available and won’t be stored with your survey response. 

We will do our best to keep your information confidential. Your IP addresses will be blocked so that you can remain entirely anonymous. All data will be stored in a password protected electronic format.

If you have any questions about the research please contact Claire Gray on 0212521943 or at  

This research has been assessed and approved by the New Zealand Ethics Committee (NZEC19_49). If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Dr Lily George, Chair, on or phone 027 278 7405.

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