Wellbeing Budget 2021

Securing
Our Recovery

Social Development

Additional Ministry of Social Development Housing Staff Required to Meet the Emergency Housing Demand of Those in Need

This initiative sustains the additional staff required to continue meeting demand for the Ministry of Social Development's (MSD's) housing support services with a focus on those eligible for emergency housing. This will enable MSD to make sure people have access to emergency housing. It also supports MSD to help these clients find more sustainable housing and access broader support.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Social Development 3.130 3.130 3.130 - 9.390 -

Additional Ministry of Social Development Staff to Respond to New Zealanders' Income and Employment Needs

The initiative sustains the additional Ministry of Social Development (MSD) staff required to meet the increase in demand for MSD's services brought on by COVID-19. Funding additional staff ensures MSD has the capacity to continue to respond to people's income and employment needs.

Funded from the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Social Development 30.325 55.761 - - 86.086 -

Continuation of Kāinga Whānau Ora to Support Whānau to Maintain and Grow Resilience

This initiative extends the Kāinga Whānau Ora programme for a further year. The initiative will continue to provide access for existing whānau, and for an additional 60 to 75 whānau, to: structurally safe, warm, dry homes; pathways to education, training and employment; and support to live in safe, violence-free relationships.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Social Development 2.250 - - - 2.250 -

Continued Funding for KickStart Breakfasts for School Children to Support Families in Need

This initiative provides for the Government's contribution to the KickStart breakfast programme to continue to support up to 36,000 school children with five nutritious breakfast meals each week. This will help take pressure off financially strained families, including Māori and Pacific families in need.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Social Development 1.266 1.266 1.266 1.266 5.064 -

Continued Investment to Address At-Risk Ministry of Social Development Service Delivery Systems

This initiative continues the rebuild of the Ministry of Social Development's critical income support and employment technology systems, thereby reducing operational risk. The investment will enable more seamless service provision by removing high-priority technology obstacles that are impeding the improvement of client and staff experience.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Social Development 3.723 5.575 4.575 4.575 18.448 12.500

Continuing the Investment in the Ministry of Social Development's Financial Management and Payroll System Replacements

This initiative continues the replacement of the Ministry of Social Development's (MSD's) financial management and payroll systems, thereby reducing operational risk. This investment is a step towards enabling the future transformation of MSD services. This will deliver modern, fit-for-purpose financial management and payroll systems. These systems will be flexible and reliable, and deliver timely, accessible and useful information.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Social Development 2.748 17.372 13.187 12.537 45.844 34.836

Enabling the Separation of the Ministry of Social Development and Oranga Tamariki Corporate Services Functions

This initiative provides funding to address fixed costs that will remain for the Ministry of Social Development once it ceases to provide corporate services to Oranga Tamariki. It also invests in Oranga Tamariki to progressively maintain and replace some of its smaller legacy technology systems.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Social Development 8.421 8.421 7.472 7.472 31.786 -
Oranga Tamariki 2.250 2.250 2.250 2.250 9.000 4.000

Growing Disability and Accessibility Leadership and Advice for Disabled People

This initiative supports Sir Robert Martin's disability advocacy role at the United Nations and strengthens the Office for Disability Issues' advocacy and disability advice to Government. It also enables equal access to Government information through accessible formats for disabled people and others with access needs.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Social Development 1.065 1.701 1.499 1.499 5.764 -

Implementation of the Better Later Life Strategy for Seniors

This initiative enables the Office for Seniors to continue implementing the Better Later Life Strategy. The strategy informs and aligns cross-government action with a current focus on three key areas: digital inclusion, housing and employment. This will help enable older people to better engage with others online and secure access to homes that meet their needs. It will also support improvements in employment outcomes for vulnerable older workers.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Social Development 0.494 0.490 0.490 0.490 1.964 -

Implementing a Court of Appeal Decision on Means Assessment for Long-Term Aged Residential Care

This initiative enables the Ministry of Social Development to correct clients' financial means assessments for residential care. Funding covers repayments to clients and/or their estates for Residential Care Subsidy underpayments following a 2019 Court of Appeal decision.

Vote 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Social Development 5.000 15.000 - - - 20.000 -

Improving Childcare Assistance for Low and Middle-Income Families

This initiative will improve Childcare Assistance by introducing indexation of income thresholds to average wage growth. This is expected to maintain financial incentives to work for low and middle-income families and gradually increase the number of people eligible for Childcare Assistance.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Social Development 1.298 2.099 3.812 6.089 13.298 -

Improving the Subsequent Work Capacity Medical Certificate Process for Jobseeker Support - Health Condition and Disability

The initiative provides for changes to the medical certificate process for entitlement to Jobseeker Support - Health Condition and Disability, as well as an extended deferral of the current medical certificate process to 31 January 2022. Review periods will be based on a health practitioner's recommendation to improve discretion and the client experience.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Social Development 31.431 18.460 17.420 17.689 85.000 -

Increasing Places Available within Out of School Care and Recreation Service Providers for Low-Income Families

This initiative provides for an additional 3,300 Out of School Care and Recreation Service places and enables an approximate 900 low-income parents to remain or transition into employment, training and education. It will help address unmet service demand, particularly for Māori and Pacific communities.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Social Development 2.250 2.250 2.250 2.250 9.000 -

Investing in the Ministry of Social Development's Corporate Services to Continue Delivering Services to New Zealanders

This initiative aims to maintain the Ministry of Social Development's (MSD) services by addressing inflationary and demand cost pressures. This will be done by providing funding for: lost economies of scale faced by MSD as a result of the establishment of Oranga Tamariki and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development; existing policy capacity; and addressing inflationary pressures in technology and accommodation portfolios such as licence and rent increases.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Social Development 11.201 15.341 15.341 15.341 57.224 -

Main Benefit Abatement Thresholds Increased from 1 April 2021

This initiative increased main benefit abatement thresholds from 1 April 2021 to $160 per week for all main benefits and to $250 per week for the second threshold for recipients of Sole Parent Support, Supported Living Payment, and non-qualifying partners of recipients of New Zealand Superannuation/Veteran's Pension. This enables beneficiaries to work up to eight hours on minimum wage before their benefit begins to reduce. This allows working beneficiaries to keep a greater portion of their earnings, and will improve income adequacy and financial incentives to work part-time while on a benefit.

Vote 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Social Development 24.737 103.759 93.336 86.789 86.789 395.410 -
Housing and Urban Development (0.286) (0.286) (0.286) (0.286) (0.286) (1.430) -
Revenue (IRD-Crown) 1.000 4.000 4.000 4.000 4.000 17.000 -

Main Benefit Increase - 1 July 2021

This initiative increases all main benefit rates by $20 net, per week, per adult, from 1 July 2021. This increases support for all families receiving a main benefit and improves income adequacy, ensuring low-income families have more income to meet everyday living costs. It includes two complementary changes, to prevent recipients from being financially disadvantaged from the flow-on effects of further main benefit increases.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Social Development 443.946 444.006 442.547 440.136 1770.635 -
Housing and Urban Development (15.496) (16.931) (18.692) (20.469) (71.588) -
Revenue (IRD-Crown) 2.000 - - - 2.000 -

Main Benefit Increase and Complementary Changes to Student Support - 1 April 2022

Following the 1 July 2021 increase, this initiative increases all main benefit rates on 1 April 2022 to levels recommended by the Welfare Expert Advisory Group in 2019. It further increases main benefit rates for families with children by $15 net, per week, per adult from 1 April 2022. These increases improve income adequacy for low-income families, ensuring they have more income to meet everyday living costs. The initiative also increases the rate of student support by $25 per adult, per week, from 1 April 2022 to ensure that people are not disincentivised to study as a result of the main benefit changes.

Funded as a pre-commitment against the Budget 2022 operating allowance.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Social Development 133.930 511.967 504.602 496.097 1646.596 -
Housing and Urban Development (4.417) (18.855) (20.463) (21.524) (65.259) -
Revenue (IRD-Crown) - 5.000 4.000 3.000 12.000 -

Meeting Demand for the Ministry of Social Development's Employment Services to Support People into or in Employment

This initiative helps to address the additional demand for the Ministry of Social Development's (MSD's) employment services and products in response to the labour market impacts of COVID-19. It will allow MSD to support more people to obtain and sustain employment and assist Aotearoa New Zealand's economic recovery.

Funded from the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Social Development 22.734 76.814 - - 99.548 -

Paying a Living Wage Rate to Security Guards Working at the Ministry of Social Development

This initiative ensures that security guards contracted by the Ministry of Social Development continue to be paid at least the current living wage rate. This will help take pressure off financially strained individuals and their families.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Social Development 0.909 0.748 0.643 0.617 2.917 -

Preventing Family Violence and Sexual Violence: Extending Early Wrap-around Support to Help People Stop Using Violence

This Joint Venture initiative aims to improve the effectiveness of Police Safety Orders (PSOs) as a family violence intervention tool by providing access to 24/7 accommodation and wrap-around support services for people using violence. It replaces time-limited funding for existing services in five sites. It will integrate existing service components (including accommodation and wrap-around services, risk assessment and management), address immediate needs and provide ongoing support, to provide fit-for-purpose, effective responses at a time when behaviour change is more likely, clients can be monitored and further harm for victims can be prevented.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Social Development 2.598 3.207 3.207 3.207 12.219 -

Reinstating the Training Incentive Allowance for Levels 4 to 7 on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework

This initiative will provide four years of funding to support around 16,000 sole parents, disabled people and carers receiving an eligible benefit with study costs when studying at levels 4 to 7 on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework. Higher-level qualifications are expected to improve participants' employment outcomes and incomes.

Funded from the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Social Development 34.552 38.137 38.232 16.124 127.045 -
Revenue (IRD-Crown) 9.109 4.507 1.715 0.351 15.682 -
Tertiary Education - - 5.517 4.861 10.378 -

Remedial Action for the New Zealand Artificial Limb Service's Christchurch and Auckland Centres

This initiative reduces risks at the New Zealand Artificial Limb Service's Christchurch and Auckland limb centres by addressing urgent issues with the centres' buildings. The services provided at these centres support amputee independence and productivity. This investment allows for the continued provision of these critical services to amputees.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Social Development - - - - - 5.000

Remuneration Increases for Ministry of Social Development Staff as a Result of Collective Bargaining

This initiative will fund remuneration increases arising from collective bargaining negotiation commitments. Consistent with Government's principles, it will move staff pay closer to core government market rates, support the reduction of gender and ethnic pay gaps and move towards greater pay equity for the Ministry of Social Development's frontline critical staff.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Social Development 28.161 57.341 57.341 57.341 200.184 -

Supporting and Strengthening Site Safety and Security at the Ministry of Social Development

This initiative sustains the provision of security guards' services at Work and Income sites and other Ministry of Social Development (MSD) locations. Security guards help to manage and reduce the risk of incidents. They form part of MSD's security system that works to ensure, as far as reasonably practicable, the health and safety of MSD's staff, clients and visitors.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Social Development 12.599 10.650 9.364 8.343 40.956 -

Supporting the Children's Commissioner to Make Changes Associated with the Independent Children's Monitor

This initiative funds the Ministry of Social Development to support the Office of the Children's Commissioner (OCC). This support assists the OCC to develop and implement a transition plan that will enable the full establishment of the new Independent Children's Monitor. This will ensure that the Oranga Tamariki system continues to be effectively monitored prior to the commencement of the new monitoring regime, thereby reducing the risk to children within the system.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Social Development 1.200 - - - 1.200 -

Working in Partnership with KidsCan to Support Families in Need

This initiative provides for the Government's contribution to KidsCan. It will contribute to the improved wellbeing of 17,500 children, by funding the provision of 17,500 warm, waterproof raincoats per year to school-aged children.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Social Development 0.350 0.350 0.350 0.350 1.400 -
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