3 December, 2013
A group of 20 young people in care will be recognised today at the William Wallace Awards, jointly hosted by Prime Minister John Key and Social Development Minister Paula Bennett.
21 November, 2013
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett is welcoming public submissions on the Vulnerable Children Bill to be heard from next week.
Work opportunities continue to open up for beneficiaries thanks to strong relationships between Work and Income and employers.
20 November, 2013
Figures released by Social Development Minister Paula Bennett illustrate the benefits of going from welfare to work, factoring in tax credits for families.
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says the Ministry of Social Development is well on track to deliver social housing reforms next year.
19 November, 2013
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says investing in teenagers and teen parents will pay dividends as they grow up better equipped for life.
15 November, 2013
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has been leading a project to set up supported flatting arrangements for teenagers.
6 November, 2013
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says the new Work Focused Case Management approach is yielding real results for beneficiaries.
5 November, 2013
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has challenged Labour to explain its plan to axe the Families Commission.
4 November, 2013
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has presented awards to eleven foster families tonight at Government House in Wellington.
31 October, 2013
An agreement between CYF and Tainui marks a new understanding and connection between the two says Social Development Minister Paula Bennett.
Changes to the benefit system for young people are seeing more in education, training and attending vital parenting and budgeting courses.
25 October, 2013
By blundering into an emerging sex abuse case, Labour MP Sue Moroney is likely to create more damage.
17 October, 2013
The number of people on benefits in New Zealand has fallen consistently for three quarters says Social Development Minister Paula Bennett.
16 October, 2013
More than 700 beneficiaries have sought out and landed jobs despite having no requirement to work since the new Work Bonus became available.
1 October, 2013
The Families Commission’s new Social Policy and Evaluation Research Unit (SuPERU) will manage the Growing Up in New Zealand study from today.
Whangarei’s Children’s Team goes live today, a milestone welcomed by Social Development Minister Paula Bennett.
26 September, 2013
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has welcomed the latest actuarial valuation of the welfare system, which confirms policies are well-targeted.
25 September, 2013
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has joined in celebrations with social workers in Wellington today to mark National Social Workers Day.
24 September, 2013
Outstanding arrest warrants are being cleared through a policy to sanction beneficiaries who are on the run from Police.
18 September, 2013
The Government has finalised a whiteware purchasing agreement which will provide a good deal for both beneficiaries and taxpayers.
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett was delighted to get unanimous support from Parliament for the Vulnerable Children Bill at first reading.
17 September, 2013
The Vulnerable Children omnibus Bill proposes two new Acts: the Vulnerable Children Act, and the Child Harm Prevention Orders Act.
12 September, 2013
The Government is considering options contained in an independent report to strengthen the Child, Youth and Family complaints process.
4 September, 2013
FFTO programmes consist of 26-week foundation-level training courses for beneficiaries funded by Vote Social Development and administered by the Tertiary Education Commission.
2 September, 2013
Changes to the living alone payment coming into effect today will ensure better support for superannuitants and veterans’ pensioners who live alone.
29 August, 2013
A mobile app designed to encourage young fathers to interact with their children has been launched today by Social Development Minister Paula Bennett.
28 August, 2013
Thousands of New Zealanders have come off welfare and into work thanks to the Government’s Job Streams wage subsidy employment package.
Hundreds of beneficiaries are taking up the new work bonus payment by leaving welfare to take up work opportunities.
20 August, 2013
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has announced measures to better support children as they move out of State care and into independence.
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