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Previous information releases

Listed here, by topic, are previous proactively released documents by MSD.

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

Annual General Adjustment to the Residential Care Subsidy Settings and Student Allowance Regulations 2019

Every year, most of MSD’s rates and thresholds are adjusted to account for inflation, according to the Consumers Price Index. In order to change these rates and thresholds, amendments to legislation are required.

This Cabinet paper details the required amendments to the asset thresholds and income-from-assets exemptions for the Residential Care Subsidy.

Extending financial assistance to people ineligible for ordinary support that are affected by the Christchurch terrorist attacks

The Government identified that there were some people affected by the Christchurch mosques attack who were not eligible for weekly income support. To ensure those affected had access to weekly income support, the Government extended support through the Ministry of Social Development. This included making regulations and establishing a Ministerial Welfare Programme.

New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran's Pension: Modernisation and Simplification

Cabinet has agreed to a package of changes to New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran's Pension. The core of the package is a shift toward assessing entitlement to these payments on an individual basis, by closing the option for a superannuitant to include a 'non-qualified partner' in their rate, and removing the application of 'spousal deduction' from standard rates of New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran's Pension.

Changes to Income and Cash Assets Tests – Methamphetamine Contamination Recovery

Cabinet has agreed to amend the Social Security Regulations 2018 and the Residential Care and Disability Support Services Regulations 2018 to exempt refund payments related to debt incurred due to former zero-tolerance methamphetamine contamination policies from income and cash asset tests for social assistance.

Approved Information Sharing Agreement between the Ministry of Social Development and the New Zealand Customs Service

An Approved Information Sharing Agreement (AISA) has been created between the Ministry of Social Development and the New Zealand Customs Service. This AISA allows MSD to suspend supplementary assistance payments immediately when a client goes overseas for more than 28 days.

Ensuring continued eligibility for assistance for those affected by Christchurch terror attacks

Cabinet has agreed to amend the Social Security Regulations 2018 and the Residential Care and Disability Support Services Regulations 2018 to exempt gifts or donations made in relation to the Christchurch terrorist attack and any income derived from them, from cash assets and income tests for financial assistance for a period of 12 months.

Welfare Expert Advisory Group: Cabinet Papers, minutes and coversheet

This page lists the Cabinet Papers, Cabinet minutes and coversheets relating to the Welfare Expert Advisory Group report.

Welfare Expert Advisory Group report evidence review papers

An 11 member Welfare Expert Advisory Group (WEAG) was established in mid-2018 to provide advice to the Government on options that could best give effect to its vision for the future direction of the social welfare system. The Ministry of Social Development provided the WEAG with advice on a number of areas to inform the group’s work.

Release of a draft strategy for New Zealand’s ageing population

On 12 April 2019 the Minister for Seniors launched a draft strategy for New Zealand’s ageing population for public consultation. The Ministry of Social Development has released Cabinet papers and minutes that help to show how the draft strategy was developed.

Addressing errors with the Winter Energy Payment legislation

On 11 April 2019, the Social Security (Winter Energy Payment) Act 2019 was enacted. Amendments to the Social Security Act 2018 were required to ensure that the Winter Energy Payment legislation aligns with the original policy intent in two specific scenarios.

Oranga Tamariki National Care Standards and Related Matters Amendment Regulations 2019

The papers released detail amendments to the Oranga Tamariki (National Care Standards and Related Matters) Regulations 2018 (NCS Regulations). The amendments made clarify timing and monitoring requirements for the independent monitor of the Oranga Tamariki system.

Independent Oversight of the Care of Children

The Government is changing how we provide independent oversight of all our children and young people, including those in care and protection and the youth justice system, with a view to strengthening systems to meet the new requirements.

Annual General Adjustment of rates and thresholds

Every year, most of MSD’s rates and thresholds are adjusted to account for inflation, according to the Consumers Price Index. In order to change these rates and thresholds, amendments to legislation are required.

SSC Inquiry into use of external security consultants by government agencies

On 18 December, 2018, the State Services Commission released a report into an inquiry into the use of external security consultants by government agencies.

Release of individual client level data documents - August 2017

The documents released contain a range of material, including internal emails and official advice to Ministers on the proposal to collect client level data from providers.

MSD’s national office relocation - December 2017

In August 2016 we commenced relocating our national office relocation to The Terrace. We published several documents relating to decision making on MSD’s national office relocation, and the costs of relocation.

Internal investigation into incorrect instruction issued to staff

This internal investigation looked at the circumstances that led to an incorrect instruction being issued to some of our staff, about making notifications to another government agency.

Families Package

On 14 December 2017 the Government introduced its Families Package as part of its commitments under its 100 day plan. MSD and Treasury have released advice to the Government, including reports and Cabinet papers, concerning the Families Package.

Emergency accommodation for high risk offenders – reviews of process

Emergency housing for released offenders is provided and funded by both MSD and the Department of Corrections. Following an issue in which a high risk child sex offender was placed by Corrections in a motel that also housed vulnerable families being supported by MSD through emergency housing special needs grants, both internal and external reviews of the process were conducted.

Aligning policies and practice

Over two years we made revisions to our operational policies and legislation after becoming aware in 2015 that our practice didn’t always align with the law.

Action Plan to Deliver the Construction Skills Strategy

On 4 October the Government announced its Action Plan to Deliver the Construction Skills Strategy.

The Action Plan is made up of six initiatives. Two of these initiatives are being led by MSD.

Accelerating progress towards accessibility in New Zealand

This cabinet paper proposes starting to design an approach to achieve a fully accessible New Zealand. It includes development of a common understanding of what “fully accessible” looks like, and exploring the feasibility of using legislation to provide for standards and codes for accessibility.

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