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Vote Social Development

MINISTER(S) RESPONSIBLE FOR APPROPRIATIONS: Minister for Disability Issues (M23), Minister of Health (M36), Minister of Revenue (M57), Minister for Social Development (M63), Minister of State Services (M66), Minister of Youth Affairs (M77)

ADMINISTERING DEPARTMENT: Ministry of Social Development

MINISTER RESPONSIBLE FOR MINISTRY OF SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT: Minister for Social Development

Overview of the Vote

The Minister for Social Development is responsible for the appropriations in the Vote for the 2012/13 financial year covering the following:

  • a total of over $489 million on Child Youth and Family related services including responding to and preventing child abuse and neglect, managing adoptions and youth justice services
  • a total of over $525 million on services to assist people into employment, and to assess and pay the appropriate entitlement of social assistance to beneficiaries, and to protect the integrity of the benefit system, including collection of debt
  • a total of nearly $57 million on specialised services, including services for students, seniors and administration of community services and SuperGold cards
  • a total of over $74 million on social policy advice and leadership and co-ordination services to support and strengthen families, communities and whanau
  • a total of nearly $6 million on planning, correspondence and monitoring
  • a total of over $363 million purchasing services from other organisations, the Children's Commissioner and the Families Commission
  • a total of over $171 million on a series of assistance programmes and debt write-downs
  • a total of $10,243 million on payments of New Zealand Superannuation
  • a total of $4,877 million on payments for the working age benefits - Domestic Purposes, Unemployment, Sickness, Invalid's and Widow's benefits
  • a total of $1,913 million on payments for assistance with expenses related to accommodation, disability, hardship and entering or remaining in the workforce
  • a total of $685 million on payments to assist people to obtain a qualification or youth to continue education/training or obtain work
  • a total of $341 million on other forms of financial assistance such as childcare, care of unsupported children, payments to Australia and special circumstances, and
  • a total of $148 million on advances of benefits and other recoverable payments to assist with hardship.

The Minister for Youth Affairs is responsible for appropriations in the Vote for the 2012/13 financial year covering the following:

  • a total of nearly $3 million for the delivery of services and leadership to improve services for young people
  • a total of nearly $6 million to provide programmes and services to implement the Youth Development Strategy Aotearoa, and
  • a total of nearly $900,000 to provide one-off partial funding to Territorial Authorities to respond to emerging needs of young people.

The Minister of Health is responsible for appropriations in the Vote for the 2012/13 financial year covering the following:

  • a total of nearly $300,000 for administration by committed individuals of the delivery of social sector services for young people in selected locations, and
  • a total of over $1 million to fund delivery of social sector services for young people in selected locations where the delivery is led by a non-governmental organisation.

The Minister of Revenue is responsible for appropriations in the Vote for the 2012/13 financial year covering the following:

  • a total of nearly $16 million for management of student loans, and
  • a total of $1,644 million on payments for student loans.

The Minister for Disability Issues is responsible for an appropriation in the Vote for the 2012/13 financial year covering the following:

  • a total of over $2 million on promoting positive outcomes for disabled people.

Details of these appropriations are set out in Parts 2-6 for Vote Social Development in the Information Supporting the Estimates of Appropriations.

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