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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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15 December, 2014

313 kids benefit from Extraordinary Care fund

More than 300 children and young people have benefited from the first round of the Extraordinary Care Fund, Social Development Minister Anne Tolley confirmed today.

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12 December, 2014

Budgeting Services get $2 million boost

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says new government investment of $2 million will bolster community budgeting services.

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10 December, 2014

One week left for student applicants

Associate Social Development Minister Jo Goodhew is reminding students to apply for their 2015 Student Allowance and Loan by Tuesday 16 December.

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9 December, 2014

New episode of Common Ground launched

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley today launched a new episode of the innovative online drama Common Ground, part of the Prime Minister’s Youth Mental Health Project.

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3 December, 2014

Honouring outstanding young people in care

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley today congratulated the 19 young recipients of the 2014 William Wallace awards.

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28 November, 2014

Ministers respond to Glenn Inquiry Report

Justice Minister Amy Adams and Social Development Minister Anne Tolley have acknowledged the Glenn Inquiry Report into family violence released today.

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27 November, 2014

MSD procurement a winner

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says preferred supplier agreements for whiteware and optical goods and services are proving a huge winner for beneficiaries, low income people and the taxpayer.

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17 November, 2014

Marlborough Children’s Team now live

Today the Marlborough Children’s Team begins working with local families for the first time, says Social Development Minister Anne Tolley.

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14 November, 2014

Sparking the conversation on Child Abuse

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley this morning adopted her Buddy Day “Buddy” called Poppy at the launch in Wellington.

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7 November, 2014

Recognising excellence in foster care

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley today presented awards honouring ten foster care families at Government House in Wellington.

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