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Cabinet papers - Information releases

Proactively releasing information promotes good government, openness and transparency, and fosters public trust and confidence in agencies. MSD supports the proactive release of Cabinet papers in line with the guidance set out in the Cabinet Manual and Cabinet Office Circular (18) 4.

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3 December 2021

Cabinet material relating to the Social Welfare (Reciprocity with the Republic of Korea) Order 2021.

29 November 2021

These papers outline how Hardship Assistance income limits have been temporarily increased between 1 November 2021 and 1 March 2022, to help support low-income households in the context of the current resurgence of COVID-19.

23 November 2021

Cabinet has agreed to initial changes to Working for Families Tax Credits to support low-income families. The Family Tax Credit will increase by $5 per week per child on 1 April 2022, on top of scheduled CPI indexation increases. The abatement rate for the Family Tax Credit and In Work Tax Credit will also be increased on 1 April 2022, to target support more to families with the lowest incomes.

15 November 2021

This paper seeks agreement to disestablish the Partnership Fund Board and instead use existing networks and expertise within the Ministry of Youth Development – Te Manatū Whakahiato Taiohi to formally oversee the Partnership Fund (the Fund).

8 November 2021

This paper provides an update on progress made through the welfare overhaul work programme agreed by Cabinet in November 2019 and signals the Minister’s priorities for progressing key initiatives through a renewed work programme to continue overhauling the welfare system.

29 October 2021

To seek Cabinet agreement to establish a new Ministry for Disabled People and agreement to implement the Enabling Good Lives approach nationally.

29 October 2021

This Cabinet paper seeks agreement to introduce a new framework that takes a progressive approach to identifying, preventing, and removing barriers to participation for disabled people, tāngata whaikaha Māori and others with accessibility needs.

17 September 2021

This paper notes the Emergency Benefit for temporary visa holders in hardship will end on 31 August 2021 and seeks agreement to extend the Immigration New Zealand repatriation fund for 6 months.

27 August 2021

This Cabinet paper seeks agreement to delay by two years the phased increase to the residence requirements for New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension as proposed by the New Zealand Superannuation and Retirement Income (Fair Residency) Amendment Bill (the Fair Residency Bill) and associated changes to appropriations. The paper also seeks Cabinet’s authorisation to submit a Government Supplementary Order Paper to amend the Fair Residency Bill.

6 August 2021

This paper presents the Government’s response to the report of the Social Services and Community Committee on the petition entitled, “Our elderly deserve a champion”. The Social Services and Community Committee recommended Government to investigate the establishment of a Commissioner for the Elderly. The Government response notes the Government’s intention to implement an Aged Care Commissioner (within the office of the Health and Disability Commissioner) responsible for the monitoring of aged care services, ensuring the rights of older people are protected.

5 August 2021

This Cabinet Legislation Committee paper sought agreement to progress the Order in Council and Social Security Amendment Regulations required for the Budget 2021 main benefit rate increases and complementary changes on 1 July 2021. The paper details the Budget 2021 main benefit rate changes being advanced, their demographic impacts and the legislative requirements to give effect to these policies.

5 August 2021

The above papers outline the advice provided by MSD, and joint agencies, on prospective benefit rate increases and complementary changes for Budget 2021.

21 July 2021

Cabinet paper seeking agreement to transfer the functions, funding, and accountabilities of three skills and employment initiatives (He Poutama Rangatahi, Māori Trades and Trading Fund and Jobs and Skills Hubs) from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment to the Ministry of Social Development (MSD).

19 July 2021

The Oral Cabinet item provides an update for Ministers on the context of recent targeted sector engagement and an intention to report back in September 2021 with proposals to progress the Social Sector Commissioning work programme.

19 July 2021

This Cabinet paper seeks Cabinet Legislation Committee’s authorisation to submit the Social Security (Income and Cash Assets Exemption) Amendment Regulations 2021 and Residential Care and Disability Support Services (Income and Cash Assets Exemption) Amendment Regulations 2021 to the Executive Council. The Amendment Regulations exempt back-payments arising from retrospective reviews of Financial Means Assessments from asset and income tests of Residential Care Subsidy and social security assistance for a 12-month period from the date of payment.

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