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COVID-19 Reporting

As part of the Ministry of Social Developments on-going response to COVID-19, weekly, monthly, and other ad hoc reports are released to provide additional information on the income support system.

Monthly and weekly reporting has been moved

New monthly reporting is available here:

New weekly reporting is available here:

Benefit Number Forecasts and Scenarios

The Treasury releases high-level benefit number and expenditure forecasts as part of the Economic and Fiscal Update releases found here.

As part of the Government’s response to COVID-19, MSD is publishing the Pre-Election Economic and Fiscal Update (PREFU) 2020 for:

  • central benefit number forecasts for PREFU 2020 which also feed into the planning for Work and Income
  • three additional scenarios.

MSD’s benefit number forecasts and scenarios are based on The Treasury’s macro-economic forecasts in August 2020 and scenarios published as part of PREFU 2020.

Previous forecasts

COVID-19 Evidence

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on almost all aspects of life. Our COVID-19 evidence work, often produced rapidly to meet the pace of New Zealand's response to the virus, provides insights into the pandemic's effects on New Zealand's people, society and economy. These can help support the government’s welfare, service and policy decision making around the crisis.