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Vote Social Development

APPROPRIATION MINISTER(S): Minister for Disability Issues (M23), Minister of Finance (M31), Minister for Social Housing (M37), Minister of Revenue (M57), Minister for Seniors (M61), Minister for Social Development (M63), Minister of State Services (M66), Minister of Veterans' Affairs (M75), Minister for Youth (M77)

APPROPRIATION ADMINISTRATOR: Ministry of Social Development

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

Details of Appropriations and Capital Injections

Annual and Permanent Appropriations

2015/16
Titles and Scopes of Appropriations by Appropriation TypeEstimates
Budget
$000
Supplementary
Estimates
Budget
$000
Total
Budget
$000

Departmental Output Expenses

Administration of Trialling New Approaches to Social Sector Change (M63)

This appropriation is limited to the administration by committed individuals of the delivery of social sector services as part of the Social Sector Trials in specified locations.
4,120(4,120)-

Adoption Services (M63)

This appropriation is limited to the management of services, incorporating education, assessment, reporting, counselling, and mediation, to all people who are party to adoption-related matters, past or present.
7,177-7,177

Care and Protection Services (M63)

This appropriation is limited to social work services, both statutory and informal, that protect and assist children and young people who are in need of care and protection, including education and advice services for the recognition and prevention of child abuse and neglect.
391,8314,374396,205

Children's Action Plan (M63)

This appropriation is limited to activities necessary to implement the Children's Action Plan.
13,394(500)12,894

Data, Analytics and Evidence Services (M63)

This appropriation is limited to providing data, analytics and evidence services to better inform government decision-making.
11,420(40)11,380

Designing and Implementing Social Investment (M31)

This appropriation is limited to expenses incurred in designing and implementing a cross agency social investment system.
-2,0002,000

Income Support and Assistance to Seniors (M63)

This appropriation is limited to paying New Zealand Superannuation and social security entitlements to older persons, providing advice to them, administering international social security agreements relating to non-superannuitants, and assessing financial entitlement to Residential Care Subsidies.
37,022(120)36,902

Investigation of Overpayments and Fraudulent Payments and Collection of Overpayments (M63)

This appropriation is limited to services to minimise errors, fraud and abuse of the benefit system and Income Related Rent, and services to manage the collection of overpayments, recoverable assistance loans and other balances owed by former clients.
49,510(160)49,350

Investing in Communities (M63)

This appropriation is limited to approving community based social services; managing the relationship with service providers, including funding and monitoring; and the co-ordination of social support services to strengthen families and whanau.
46,231(445)45,786

Management of Service Cards (M63)

This appropriation is limited to assessing entitlement, issuing cards, and promoting and distributing information about the Community Services, SuperGold and Veteran SuperGold cards, including enlisting business partners to provide discounts to SuperGold cardholders.
6,629(350)6,279

Management of Student Loans (M57)

This appropriation is limited to assessing, paying and reviewing entitlements for student loans and providing guidance to students making financial and study decisions.
15,045-15,045

Management of Student Support (M63)

This appropriation is limited to managing non-recoverable financial support to students, involving assessing and paying Student Allowances and other income support to eligible secondary and tertiary students.
15,704-15,704

Planning, Correspondence and Monitoring (M63)

This appropriation is limited to providing planning, reporting, monitoring and statutory appointment advice (other than policy decision-making advice) on Crown entities, and correspondence services to support Ministers to discharge their portfolio responsibilities.
5,5546006,154

Policy Advice (M63)

This appropriation is limited to providing advice (including second opinion advice and contributions to policy advice led by other agencies) to support decision-making by Ministers on government social policy matters, including social sector issues.
19,5721,15020,722

Processing and Payment of Veterans' Pensions (M75)

This appropriation is limited to the processing and payment of Veterans' Pensions and related allowances.
438-438

Promoting Positive Outcomes for Disabled People (M23)

This appropriation is limited to providing services to promote and monitor the implementation of the New Zealand Disability Strategy, to monitor and implement the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and to provide information to Ministers on disability matters.
5,745345,779

Property Management Centre of Expertise (M66)

This appropriation is limited to the operation of the Property Management Centre of Expertise, to provide leadership, guidance and support, monitoring and brokerage in respect of property management within the State Sector.
2,7552,0814,836

Senior Citizens Services (M61)

This appropriation is limited to providing information and facilitation to protect the rights and interests of older people, to promote local community involvement in senior citizens' issues, and ministerial services.
1,010-1,010

Youth Development (M77)

This appropriation is limited to providing leadership and service delivery to promote the interests of, and improve outcomes for, young people.
2,932-2,932

Youth Justice Services (M63)

This appropriation is limited to social work and other services to manage and resolve offending behaviour by children and young people, by providing assessment, support, programmes, containment and care of young offenders.
132,641(1,765)130,876

Total Departmental Output Expenses

768,7302,739771,469

Departmental Other Expenses

Transformation Programme: Investing in New Zealand Children and their Families (M63)

This appropriation is limited to the co-design and implementation of system-wide reform of services provided to New Zealand's vulnerable children, young people and their families.
-3,0003,000

Total Departmental Other Expenses

-3,0003,000

Departmental Capital Expenditure

Ministry of Social Development - Capital Expenditure PLA (M63)

This appropriation is limited to the purchase or development of assets by and for the use of the Ministry of Social Development, as authorised by section 24(1) of the Public Finance Act 1989.
86,50134,337120,838

Total Departmental Capital Expenditure

86,50134,337120,838

Non-Departmental Output Expenses

Children's Commissioner (M63)

This appropriation is limited to the provision of services from the Children's Commissioner including the discharge of the Commissioner's duties under the Children's Commissioner Act 2003, monitoring and reporting on services delivered under the Children, Young Persons, and Their Families Act, 1989, and the identification of aspects of law, policy and practice that might adversely affect children and the development and proposal of remedies.
2,157-2,157

Community Participation Services (M63)

This appropriation is limited to the provision of services, resources, assistance and support to people so they can participate in and contribute to the wider community.
77,46897378,441

Counselling and Rehabilitation Services (M63)

This appropriation is limited to the purchase of services, including family counselling and other post-crisis interventions that restore the wellbeing of children, young people and families who have suffered harm and abuse or other forms of family breakdown or youth justice issues.
18,773-18,773

Education and Prevention Services (M63)

This appropriation is limited to the purchase of education and prevention programmes and initiatives that aim to provide skills to children, young people and families who are at risk of harm or abuse, which will help them reduce the risk of that abuse or harm.
8,427-8,427

Emergency Housing Response (M37)

This appropriation is limited to activities relating to the provision of emergency housing support for eligible families and individuals in high need areas.
-2,7382,738

Families Commission (M63)

This appropriation is limited to the provision of services from the Families Commission to promote the wellbeing of a full range of New Zealand families and whanau through undertaking research and evidence gathering to build a transfer of knowledge to policymakers and purchasers and providers of services.
10,1352,19612,331

Family Wellbeing Services (M63)

This appropriation is limited to the purchase of services that aim to improve the life outcomes for children, young people and families through support and development programmes, and programmes that will prevent any future harm or abuse.
84,734-84,734

Part Payment of Rent to Social Housing Providers (M37)

This appropriation is limited to the part purchase of tenancies from social housing providers.
774,141(8,000)766,141

Services for Young People (M77)

This appropriation is limited to the provision of programmes and services to enable the implementation of the Youth Development Strategy Aotearoa at a regional and local level.
8,594-8,594

Short-term Housing in Canterbury (M37)

This appropriation is limited to activities relating to the provision of short-term housing in Canterbury for households who are eligible for short-term housing.
2,738(2,738)-

Strong Families and Connected Communities (M63)

This appropriation is limited to initiatives and services, with a focus on prevention and early intervention, that support and strengthen community functioning and improve outcomes for families.
115,801(2,050)113,751

Student Placement Services (M63)

Provision of placement services for students for holiday and term employment.
3,512-3,512

Trialling New Approaches to Social Sector Change (M63)

This appropriation is limited to the delivery of social sector services as part of the Social Sector Trials in specified locations and, in those locations where that delivery is led by Non-Government Organisations, to the administration of that delivery.
4,917(4,917)-

Youth Development Partnership Fund (M77)

This appropriation is limited to the provision of one-off partial funding, to assist Territorial Authorities to respond to the emerging needs and opportunities for young people.
889(450)439

Total Non-Departmental Output Expenses

1,112,286(12,248)1,100,038

Benefits or Related Expenses

Accommodation Assistance (M37)

This appropriation is limited to the Accommodation Supplement, Special Transfer Allowance, and Away From Home Allowance to persons to cover accommodation costs, paid in accordance with the criteria set out in the Social Security Act 1964 and delegated legislation issued under that Act.
1,136,6823,7971,140,479

Benefits Paid in Australia (M63)

This appropriation is limited to reimbursement to the Australian Government for income support assistance provided to New Zealanders eligible under the 1994 Reciprocal Agreement pursuant to the Social Welfare (Reciprocity with Australia) Order 2002.
39,78815339,941

Childcare Assistance (M63)

Provision of assistance for the costs of childcare that meets specific quality guidelines, where parents meet activity and income criteria set out in the Social Security Act 1964 and delegated legislation issued under that Act.
192,8831,702194,585

Disability Assistance (M63)

This appropriation is limited to the Disability Allowance to persons with disability costs and the Child Disability Allowance to the caregivers of children with a serious disability, paid in accordance with the criteria set out in the Social Security Act 1964 and delegated legislation issued under that Act.
378,919(263)378,656

Family Start/NGO Awards (M63)

Payment of course fees for Family Start family/whanau and NGO workers pursuing social work qualifications.
705-705

Hardship Assistance (M63)

This appropriation is limited to Civil Defence payments, Funeral Grants, Live Organ Donors Assistance, Special Benefit, Special Needs Grants, Temporary Accommodation Assistance and Temporary Additional Support to provide means-tested temporary financial assistance to persons with emergency or essential costs, paid in accordance with the criteria set out in the Social Security Act 1964 and delegated legislation issued under that Act.
277,17216,677293,849

Jobseeker Support and Emergency Benefit (M63)

This appropriation is limited to the provision of means-tested income support for people who are eligible for Jobseeker Support or an Emergency Benefit as set out in the Social Security Act 1964 and delegated legislation made under that Act.
1,615,54577,4111,692,956

New Zealand Superannuation (M63)

Provision of an income for people who have reached the qualifying age of 65 years and fulfil the residency requirements, as provided for in the New Zealand Superannuation and Retirement Income Act 2001.
12,256,49230,73912,287,231

Orphan's/Unsupported Child's Benefit (M63)

This appropriation is limited to the provision of income support for people charged with the responsibility for the care of a child whose parents are dead or cannot be located, or suffer a serious long-term disablement that renders them unable to care for the child, or where there has been a breakdown in the child's family. Paid in accordance with criteria set out in the Social Security Act 1964 and in relevant Welfare Programmes pursuant to it.
136,7257,440144,165

Sole Parent Support (M63)

This appropriation is limited to the provision of means-tested income support for people who are eligible for Sole Parent Support as set out in the Social Security Act 1964 and delegated legislation made under that Act.
1,186,770(23,553)1,163,217

Special Circumstance Assistance (M63)

This appropriation is limited to financial assistance to people in special circumstances and comprises the Clothing Allowance, and providing assistance for community costs, domestic violence and witness protection relocation, home help, social rehabilitation assistance, telephone costs paid in accordance with criteria set out in the Social Security Act 1964, and delegated legislation under that Act; and Civilian Amputees Assistance, paid in accordance with criteria set out in the Disabled Persons Community Welfare Act 1975.
12,1192,28014,399

Student Allowances (M63)

This appropriation is limited to means-tested allowances for students on an approved study programme in accordance with the criteria established by the Student Allowance Regulations 1998; and payment of Student Allowance Transfer Grants to students with dependants in accordance with the criteria established by delegated legislation issued under the Social Security Act 1964.
529,230(14,896)514,334

Study Scholarships and Awards (M63)

This appropriation is limited to scholarships and awards to tertiary students awarded in accordance with Cabinet decisions; and Teach NZ Scholarships awarded in accordance with the Education Act 1989.
18,910-18,910

Supported Living Payment (M63)

This appropriation is limited to the provision of means-tested income support for people who are eligible for Supported Living Payment as set out in the Social Security Act 1964 and delegated legislation made under that Act.
1,519,49412,5231,532,017

Transitional Assistance (M63)

This appropriation is limited to supplementary financial assistance to people who are adversely affected by changes in policy or legislation, so they will not be financially worse off at the point of change. This assistance is paid in accordance with criteria set out in the Social Security Act 1964 and delegated legislation under that Act.
65-65

Veterans' Pension (M75)

This appropriation is limited to the provision of income support for ex-service people who served in a declared war or emergency and who have either reached the qualifying age for New Zealand Superannuation and are on a 70% (or greater) War Disablement Pension, or are prevented from undertaking employment for a substantial period due to disability and who fulfil the New Zealand citizenship and residency requirements as set out in the War Pensions Act 1954.
193,440(5,596)187,844

Work Assistance (M63)

This appropriation is limited to the provision of payments to beneficiaries, low income earners, students and ex beneficiaries, who meet certain criteria set out in delegated legislation under the Social Security Act 1964, to assist them to obtain and maintain employment.
3,6364304,066

Youth Payment and Young Parent Payment (M63)

This appropriation is limited to the provision of income support and incentive payments for people aged 16, 17 or 18 years who are currently unemployed but are in or available for full-time education, training or work-based learning and where it is inappropriate for them to obtain financial support from their parents, and 16, 17, 18 and 19 year old parents who are currently unemployed but are in or available for full-time education, training or work-based learning. Paid in accordance with criteria set out in the Social Security Act 1964 and delegated legislation issued under that Act.
45,022(2,387)42,635

Total Benefits or Related Expenses

19,543,597106,45719,650,054

Non-Departmental Other Expenses

Debt Write-downs (M63)

This appropriation is limited to the provision for write-downs of Crown debt administered by the Ministry of Social Development due to debt write offs or debt provisions resulting from the need to value debt in accordance with generally accepted accounting practice.
71,8044,02175,825

Extraordinary Care Fund (M63)

This appropriation is limited to providing financial assistance to carers receiving the Orphan's Benefit or Unsupported Child's Benefit to assist with costs for children in their care who are either experiencing difficulties that significantly impact on their development, or who are showing promise.
3,108-3,108

Out of School Care Programmes (M63)

This appropriation is limited to the provision of assistance to Child, Youth and Family-approved Out of School Care and Recreation programmes to assist with the establishment and/or operating costs of OSCAR programmes.
19,045-19,045

Support for the Provision of Social Housing Supply (M37)

This appropriation is limited to providing support to secure access to properties for social housing providers to use for social housing tenancies.
-20,00020,000

Total Non-Departmental Other Expenses

93,95724,021117,978

Non-Departmental Capital Expenditure

Recoverable Assistance (M63)

This appropriation is limited to recoverable assistance payments, as a facility for low-income earners and beneficiaries to access means-tested assistance to help them to meet essential and immediate needs, or costs in specific circumstances, and to meet costs of pre-employment drug tests, in accordance with criteria set out in the Social Security Act 1964 and delegated legislation issued under that Act.
143,1626,997150,159

Student Loans (M57)

This appropriation is limited to loans to tertiary students undertaking studies at approved tertiary institutions in accordance with Cabinet decisions.
1,680,4632,2731,682,736

Total Non-Departmental Capital Expenditure

1,823,6259,2701,832,895

Multi-Category Expenses and Capital Expenditure

Improved Employment and Social Outcomes Support MCA (M63)

The single overarching purpose of this appropriation is to operate the benefit system and associated interventions in such a way as to improve client outcomes (employment and social) by moving them closer to independence, with a focus on those at risk of long term benefit receipt.
679,991(1,092)678,899
Departmental Output Expenses
Administering Income Support
This category is limited to assessing, paying, reviewing entitlements and collecting balances owed by clients for income support, supplementary assistance, grants and allowances.
340,176(32,705)307,471
Improving Employment Outcomes
This category is limited to providing specified assistance, including services provided in accordance with criteria set out in delegated legislation under the Social Security Act 1964, to support people who are receiving or likely to receive working age benefits or youth support payments and are work ready to move into sustainable employment.
269,38226,337295,719
Improving Work Readiness Outcomes
This category is limited to providing services, including services provided in accordance with criteria set out in delegated legislation under the Social Security Act 1964, to address barriers to employment (such as literacy, numeracy, health, skills, drug or alcohol use, confidence and motivation) for people who are receiving or likely to receive working age benefits or youth support payments so that they become work ready.
70,4335,27675,709

Independent Advice on Government Priority Areas MCA (M63)

The overarching purpose of this appropriation is to provide independent advice to the Minister for Social Development for discharging decision-making responsibilities.
538-538
Non-Departmental Output Expenses
Other Advice
This category is limited to the procurement of other advice (including advice on operational matters; advice from expert parties that provide review services not available in-house; advice on matters where a review is necessary but cannot be undertaken due to a conflict of interest; and advice on procurement to ensure value for money) on government priority areas.
269-269
Policy Advice
This category is limited to the provision of independent advice (including second opinion advice and contributions to policy advice led by other agencies) to support decision-making by Ministers on government priority areas.
269-269

Social Housing Outcomes Support MCA (M37)

The single overarching purpose of this appropriation is to operate the social housing register and associated interventions in such a way as to support more people with the greatest housing need into housing, and to move those who are capable of housing independence closer towards that.
28,8661,20030,066
Departmental Output Expenses
Services to Support People to Access Accommodation
This category is limited to assessing and reviewing eligibility for social housing and income related rent, social housing register management and the accurate and timely payment of income related rent subsidies to the social housing provider.
27,0661,20028,266
Non-Departmental Other Expenses
Housing Support Package
This category is limited to the provision of incentives, products and services to help households with lower housing need who are in, or seeking social housing, to access or retain alternative housing solutions.
1,800-1,800

Social Sector Trials MCA (M63)

The overarching purpose of this appropriation is the delivery of the Social Sector Trials programme.
-8,3588,358
Departmental Output Expenses
National Leadership and Administration of Social Sector Trials programme, and Individual-led Social Sector Trials
This category is limited to the administration of the Social Sector Trials by a national programme office, and by government-employed Social Sector Trial Leads in specified locations, leading a cross-agency approach to improve outcomes for target groups.
-2,9852,985
Non-Departmental Output Expenses
Social Sector Trials - NGO-led Social Sector Teams and Contracted Programmes and Services
This category is limited to the administration of the Social Sector Trials by non-governmental organisations in specified locations, leading a cross-agency approach to improve outcomes for target groups, and the social services purchased by the Social Sector Trials to improve social service delivery and improve outcomes.
-5,3735,373

Total Multi-Category Expenses and Capital Expenditure

709,3958,466717,861

Total Annual and Permanent Appropriations

24,138,091176,04224,314,133

Capital Injection Authorisations

2015/16
Estimates Budget
$000
Supplementary
Estimates Budget
$000
Total Budget
$000
Ministry of Social Development - Capital Injection (M63)2,300-2,300
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