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Information releases

Due to our focus on responding to COVID-19. At this time the proactive release of Cabinet papers will be placed on hold or may be delayed.

Listed here, by topic, are documents that have been released proactively by MSD.

We have released these documents proactively because they are in high demand, or we expect that they will be in high demand.

MSD Reports

Independent assessment highlights MSD’s focus on early fraud intervention and prevention

An independent assessment commissioned by the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) into its fraud practices has shown the Ministry is headed in the right direction in its overall approach to fraud.

Latest Cabinet papers

Permanent Exemption to Social Security Income and Cash-Asset Testing for Financial Donations to those Affected by the Christchurch Mosque Attacks

Cabinet has agreed to permanently extend the exemption from income and cash-asset tests for social assistance applying to financial gifts and donations made to people affected by the Christchurch mosques attacks. This decision reflects the unprecedented nature of the attacks, and the exceptional circumstances of those affected.

Temporary Accommodation Assistance (Canterbury Earthquake) and Transitional Assistance Payment for Budget 2019 Income Support Package

Cabinet has agreed to grand-parent entitlement to the Temporary Accommodation Assistance (Canterbury Earthquake) Programme (TAA), and to establish a Transitional Assistance Payment (TAP) for the Budget 2019 Income Support.

Clarification of Policy Matters to Support the Oversight of the Oranga Tamariki System and Children's Commission Legislation

In December 2019, Cabinet made further decisions to support the development of the Oversight of the Oranga Tamariki System and Children’s Commission Legislation Bill. The proactive release of the Cabinet paper and associated minutes show what these decisions are and help to shape the ongoing development of the Bill.

A Wage Supplement Approach to Replace Minimum Wage Exemption Permits: Report Back

The papers released provide an update to Cabinet on the design of a wage supplement approach to replace minimum wage exemption permits, following consultation with the disability sector.

Mahi Aroha Carers' Strategy Action Plan 2019-2023

The Cabinet paper Mahi Aroha: Carers’ Strategy Action Plan 2019-2023 sought Cabinet approval to release the public document Mahi Aroha: Carers’ Strategy Action Plan 2019-2023. Mahi Aroha is the third cross agency Action Plan under the Carers’ Strategy and outlines the Government’s plans to improve the wellbeing of carers.

Welfare Overhaul: Update on Progress and Long-Term Plan

A commitment to overhaul the welfare system is part of the New Zealand Labour Party’s Confidence and Supply Agreement with the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand. On 11 November 2019 Cabinet made decisions on the plan for the welfare overhaul work programme.

Amendment to Social Security Regulations to Allow for Changes to Cohort Entry Policy

The papers released detail amendments to the Social Security Regulations 2018 which change the eligibility criteria for the Childcare Subsidy and the Out of School Care and Recreation Subsidy in response to a recent change in cohort entry policy.

Agreement on Social Security between the Government of The Republic of Korea and the Government of New Zealand: Approval for signature

These papers provide a background to the social security agreement between New Zealand and the Republic of Korea and confirm Cabinet’s approval to sign the agreement. New Zealand and Korea signed the social security agreement in October 2019.

New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran's Pension Legislation Amendment Bill

Cabinet agreed the introduction of a Bill to put the ‘New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension: Modernisation and Simplification’ package into effect. This incorporates minor changes agreed by the Minister for Social Development prior to Cabinet.

Disability Employment Action Plan

The Draft Disability Employment Action Plan Package contains documents relating to the release of the Government’s draft Disability Employment Action Plan. The Cabinet paper outlines the background to the draft Action Plan and seeks Cabinet agreement to engage in consultation to inform a final version of the Action Plan.

Oral Item: Engagement on the Youth Plan

The Oral Item was presented by Hon Carmel Sepuloni, on behalf of Hon Peeni Henare, Minister for Youth. The Oral Item outlined the plan to conduct informal engagement for the Youth Plan.

Better Later Life - He Oranga Kaumatua 2019 to 2034 Strategy

In March 2019, the Cabinet Social Wellbeing Committee agreed to the release of the draft strategy for New Zealand’s ageing population for a second phase of public consultation.

Changes to Income and Cash Assets Regulations – Exempting Lump-Sum Payments made by the Ministry of Social Development

Cabinet has agreed to amend the Social Security Regulations 2018 and the Residential Care and Disability Support Services Regulations 2018 so that payments made by the Ministry of Social Development are exempt from income and cash assets tests for eligibility to access specified forms of government financial assistance.

Oral Item: Te Hiku Update

This Oral Item was presented on the Te Hiku Iwi Crown Accord by Hon Kelvin Davis, Minister for Māori Crown Relations: Te Arawhiti. No papers were provided to support the Oral Item. The Te Hiku Oral Item was an update about the Taumata Rangatira Hui that took place between Te Hiku Iwi and Crown Ministers on 8 August 2019.

July 2019 Employment Campaign Update

This Oral Item was to discuss the Ministry of Social Development’s new monthly Employment Campaign Update, which provides insights, updates and anecdotes from MSD’s employment programme.

Mana in Mahi - Strength in Work

Cabinet have agreed that the eligibility criteria for Phase Two of Mana in Mahi – Strength in Work is expanded, and that the programme (currently available to people on a main benefit) is provided for people who are ‘at-risk’ of long-term benefit receipt, including some people who are not currently receiving a main benefit.

Changes to Hardship Assistance Access Requirements for People in Need

The Changes to Hardship Assistance Access Requirements Package contains documents relating to decisions around requiring people who have received three or more grants of hardship assistance within 12 months to complete a compulsory budgeting activity before they are able to receive further hardship assistance.

Accelerating Accessibility Policy Work Programme - Interim Update

Cabinet decisions on progress of the policy work programme to achieve a fully accessible New Zealand.

Changes to the Exemption for Ex Gratia and Compensation Payments

Cabinet has agreed to amend the Social Security Regulations 2018 and the Residential Care and Disability Support Services Regulations 2018 to extend the exemption for ex gratia and compensation payments in recognition of harm to defined New Zealand-based non-Crown entities and remove the 12-month time limit to create a permanent exemption.

Consultation on the proposed New Zealand Carers' Strategy Action Plan for 2019 to 2023

This Cabinet paper seeks agreement to publicly consult on the draft Carers’ Strategy Action Plan 2019 – 2023.

Social Assistance Legislation (Budget 2019 Welfare Package) Amendment Bill

We have released the Cabinet material relating to the Government’s Welfare Package as part of Budget 2019.

Reports to the Minister for Social Development

Each month we publish the titles of all the reports that the Ministry of Social Development provided to the Minister for Social Development and the Minister for Disability Issues.

Reports to Parliament

These are reports to the House of Representatives made under s92K of the Human Rights Act 1993

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