Christchurch woman Cassey Quy, 29, quit her job in a flood of tears after three months.
As a single parent looking after her four-year-old son Riley, she gets $357 a week on the domestic purposes benefit (DPB), with some bills being paid by Work and Income.
Struggling to make ends meet, she took a part-time job as a laboratory assistant at Canterbury University in January.
After advice from a Work and Income case worker, Quy believed she would be better off by $100 per week.
However, her part-benefit, part-wage income left her $10 a week worse off.
After the Government changes were announced yesterday, Quy said she was scared she would fall back into debt.
“It doesn’t make sense, working but not earning money,” she said.
“It’s like the Government is punishing us.
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