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28 May, 2015

New safety regulations for children’s workforce

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says that new mandatory safety checking requirements for people who work with children will provide greater protection for our youngest New Zealanders.

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21 May, 2015

Children in Hardship Bill passes first reading

A Bill that supports the government’s $790 million Budget 2015 package to assist children in beneficiary and lower-income working households has passed its first reading in Parliament, says Social Development Minister Anne Tolley.

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21 May, 2015

Extra support to help more people into work

Budget 2015 helps more people into work and supports the Government’s Better Public Services target of a 25 per cent reduction in the number of people receiving main benefits, Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says.

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21 May, 2015

Budget 2015 supports at-risk children

Budget 2015 supports the Government’s plan to provide better care for vulnerable children and families across New Zealand, Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says.

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21 May, 2015

$790m package for children in poorest families

Budget 2015 includes a $790 million package to reduce hardship among children in New Zealand’s poorest families, as the next step in the Government’s commitment to address the long-term drivers of deprivation.

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14 May, 2015

Report shows reforms are working

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has welcomed the release of a detailed report into the benefit system, which confirms that welfare reform is contributing to huge savings for taxpayers in the decades ahead.

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14 May, 2015

Appointments to the Families Commission (Superu) Board

Associate Social Development Minister Jo Goodhew today announced two new appointments and a reappointment to the Families Commission (operating as Superu – Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit) Board.

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7 May, 2015

Accelerated settlements for historic claims

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has announced that people with unresolved claims of historic abuse in state care are to be given the option of a fast-track settlement, or to continue with the normal process.

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6 May, 2015

Better pension portability for the Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley welcomed the progress of a bill to extend access to New Zealand Superannuation and the Veteran’s Pension to those living in the Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau after it passed its second reading.

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30 April, 2015

Huge benefits from information sharing

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley and Revenue Minister Todd McClay say that taxpayers will soon be saving millions of dollars each year as a result of more efficient use of data from information sharing.

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17 April, 2015

Quarterly benefit figures lowest since 2009

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says the latest benefit figures show a further year-on-year decline as the New Zealand economy improves and welfare reforms continue to support families.

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2 April, 2015

Social Security Amendment Bill passes final reading

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says an amendment bill passed in Parliament today addresses ambiguities and technical errors in the Social Security Act.

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1 April, 2015

Independent expert panel to lead major CYF overhaul

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has announced that an independent panel has been established to lead a complete overhaul of Child, Youth and Family, to ensure that the agency delivers the best possible results for vulnerable children and their families in the decades ahead.

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30 March, 2015

Extensions for Social Sector Trials

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has announced that the Social Sector Trials taking place in 16 communities around New Zealand are being extended for a year from 1 July.

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26 March, 2015

Fraud reforms continue to save taxpayer money

Associate Minister for Social Development Jo Goodhew has welcomed news that since benefit fraud reform initiatives began two years ago, up to $60 million of taxpayers’ money has been saved.

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18 March, 2015

Big reduction in young mums on benefit

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says the number of young mothers requiring a benefit has almost halved since 2009, meaning better lives for these families and fewer long-term beneficiaries.

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10 March, 2015

Launch of children’s workforce guidelines

It is a great pleasure to be with you here today as we celebrate an important milestone in progressing the Government’s Children’s Action plan with the launch of two new guidelines for people working with children.

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10 March, 2015

Safer children’s workforce guidelines launched

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley today launched two new guidelines for agencies and organisations working with children as part of the Government’s Children’s Action Plan.

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27 February, 2015

Celebrating children and foster carers

Sunday 1 March 2015 marks both Children’s Day and the beginning of Fostercare Awareness Week 2015. Social Development Minister Anne Tolley encourages parents of all kinds to spend time with their kids this Sunday.

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26 February, 2015

Reforms helping our most vulnerable succeed

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has welcomed the latest valuation of the benefit system showing welfare reforms are having a tangible effect on the future costs of benefits.

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26 February, 2015

Kickstart Breakfast’s Unsung Hero

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley today congratulated the winners of the Kickstart Breakfast Awards.

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23 February, 2015

Benefits increase with living costs

Benefit and superannuation payments to more than a million New Zealanders will increase on April 1, says Social Development Minister Anne Tolley.

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18 February, 2015

Students benefit from StudyLink improvements

Almost 131,000 students applying for student loans and allowances have benefitted already this year from improvements to StudyLink, Associate Social Development Minister Jo Goodhew says.

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16 February, 2015

$4.6m School and Year Start grants already paid – deadline soon

More than 9,500 children have received assistance for the start of the school year with grants worth nearly $4.65 million being paid to wider family members caring for children, says Anne Tolley, Minister for Social Development.

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27 January, 2015

Minister to visit the UK and Norway

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley today departs for Europe to talk about child protection systems in Scotland and Norway, and work underway in England and Wales to help long-term sickness beneficiaries and disabled people into work and to live independent lives.

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22 January, 2015

Child abuse down by 12 percent but still way too high

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has welcomed latest child abuse statistics showing that the number of children abused in the year ended June 2014 fell by 2,306 or 12 percent on the previous year.

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20 January, 2015

Start-Up payments for kin carers available now

Applications are now open for the 2015 round of School and Year Start-up payments available to kin carers, Social Development Minister Anne Tolley confirmed today.

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16 January, 2015

Benefit figures continue strong decline

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley welcomes today’s release of benefit figures which show year-on-year benefit numbers continue to track downwards.

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13 January, 2015

Former Children’s Commissioner John Angus will be sadly missed

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has paid tribute to former Children’s Commissioner John Angus who died this week after battling illness.

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16 December, 2014

Canterbury accommodation help extended

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley announced today that the Temporary Accommodation Assistance (TAA) programme for Canterbury quake victims would be extended.

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