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2 September, 2015

Fraud initiatives keep people out of debt traps

A continued focus by staff to identify overpayments to beneficiaries is reducing the number of people ending up with large debts, says Associate Social Development Minister Jo Goodhew.

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1 September, 2015

Fifth Children’s Team goes live in Hamilton

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has officially launched the Hamilton Children’s Team, the fifth of ten approved Teams to be rolled out across the country.

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27 August, 2015

Minister welcomes State of Care report

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says the State of Care report from the Children’s Commissioner provides a valuable resource for the independent expert panel leading a radical overhaul of Child, Youth and Family.

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26 August, 2015

Social Sector Trial helping Dunedin youth into work

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says the South Dunedin Social Sector Trial is showing positive results helping young people off benefits and into employment and training.

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13 August, 2015

Bill introduced to enable sex offender register

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says a Bill is being introduced into parliament today which will enable the establishment of New Zealand’s first Child Sex Offender Register.

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10 August, 2015

StudyLink improvements continue for students

Associate Social Development Minister Jo Goodhew says more than 130,000 students this year have benefitted from the improvements made to the student loan and allowance application process.

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29 July, 2015

Launch of new family violence work programme

Justice Minister Amy Adams and Social Development Minister Anne Tolley have today launched a new work programme to ensure government agencies respond better to family and sexual violence.

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23 July, 2015

Youth Service extension bill passes first reading

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says a bill extending the successful Youth Service to better support 19 year old parents and other unemployed 18 and 19 year olds at risk of long term welfare dependence has passed its first reading.

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21 July, 2015

KickStart serves 5 millionth breakfast this week

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says the five millionth KickStart breakfast since the Government expanded the programme will be served this week.

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17 July, 2015

Benefit data lowest for June quarter since GFC

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says the latest benefit figures show the number of people receiving welfare is the lowest for any June quarter since before the Global Financial Crisis.

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14 July, 2015

Historic claimants taking up fast-track option

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says 81 per cent of historic claimants who have been made fast-track offers to date have accepted the offer to settle their claim.

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10 July, 2015

Speeding up medical certificates for beneficiaries

Health Minister Dr Jonathan Coleman and Social Development Minister Anne Tolley say GPs can now lodge work capacity medical certificates electronically, replacing time-consuming paper certificates.

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7 July, 2015

Youth Advisory Panel to aid CYF design

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has announced the appointment of a Youth Advisory Panel to ensure the voices of children are included in the review into Child, Youth and Family (CYF).

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7 July, 2015

Rural Assistance Payments for struggling farmers

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley and Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy say lower North Island farmers struggling as a result of recent flooding are now able to access Rural Assistance Payments (RAPs).

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2 July, 2015

Extra support for social service providers

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has announced that a further $4.3 million in funding for capability development support has been provided to a range of social service providers.

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1 July, 2015

Accommodation support rise for studying sole parents

Studying sole parents could be up to $165 a week better off from today when the Accommodation Benefit rises to match the Accommodation Supplement, Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says.

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30 June, 2015

Clearer labour market process for employers

A new streamlined labour market test process in Queenstown will benefit employers trying to fill low-skilled vacancies, say Social Development Minister Anne Tolley and Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse.

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30 June, 2015

Superu conference speech

It is an absolute pleasure to open Superu’s Evidence to Action Conference. The theme this year – How do you know you’re making a difference on the ground?’ – reflects one of the key questions behind the governments social investment approach, and reinforces the importance of Superu’s role in commissioning research that evaluates the impact of social sector programmes.

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24 June, 2015

Extending Canterbury accommodation support

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has announced that the Temporary Accommodation Assistance (TAA) programme for Canterbury residents affected by earthquakes is to be extended.

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24 June, 2015

Bill to extend Youth Service introduced

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has introduced a bill extending the Youth Service to 19 year old parents and other 18 and 19 year olds at risk of long term welfare dependence.

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22 June, 2015

Extra support for Whanganui

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has announced extra support for Whanganui after extensive flooding over the weekend.

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19 June, 2015

New Zealand submits report on children’s rights

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has today released New Zealand’s Fifth Periodic Report under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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18 June, 2015

Pension more portable to Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau

People wishing to return permanently to the Cook Islands, Niue or Tokelau will now be able to do so after age 55 without it impacting their eligibility for New Zealand Superannuation, Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says.

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11 June, 2015

Youth Service delivers for at-risk young people

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says the latest results from the Youth Service show it is making a difference for at-risk young people, by supporting them to build their skills and prepare them for employment.

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4 June, 2015

New chair appointed to Families Commission

Associate Social Development Minister Jo Goodhew has announced the appointment of Board Member Mr Len Cook as the Families Commissioner and Chair of the Families Commission (Superu) Board.

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4 June, 2015

Strategy to improve results in social services

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says a new long-term strategy for social service investment will deliver better results for at-risk children, young people and adults, along with more effective use of taxpayer money.

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3 June, 2015

Low trust clients prove to be trustworthy

Associate Social Development Minister Jo Goodhew has welcomed the continuing success of the government’s welfare fraud initiatives.

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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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