Vote Social Development

APPROPRIATION MINISTER(S): Minister for Disability Issues (M23), Minister of Housing (M37), Minister of Revenue (M57), Minister for Seniors (M61), Minister for Social Development (M63), Minister for Veterans (M75), Minister for Youth (M77)

APPROPRIATION ADMINISTRATOR: Ministry of Social Development

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

Overview of the Vote

The Minister for Social Development is responsible for the appropriations in Vote Social Development for the 2020/21 financial year covering the following:

  • A total of over $16,346 million on payments of New Zealand Superannuation.
  • A total of over $7,905 million on payments for the working age benefits - Jobseeker Support, Sole Parent Support and Supported Living Payment.
  • A total of nearly $880 million to support those in receipt of a benefit to heat their homes in winter - Winter Energy Payment.
  • A total of over $811 million on improved employment and social outcomes support.
  • A total of over $667 million on payments to assist people to obtain a qualification including Student Allowances, Study Scholarships and Awards and Family Start/NGO awards.
  • A total of over $637 million on payments for non-recoverable hardship assistance, transitional assistance, entering or remaining in the workforce assistance and special circumstance assistance.
  • A total of over $501 million on advances of benefits and other recoverable payments to assist with hardship.
  • A total of over $437 million on financial assistance for childcare, care of unsupported children and extraordinary care fund.
  • A total of over $419 million on disability assistance.
  • A total of nearly $199 million on community support services.
  • A total of over $120 million on purchasing services from non-governmental organisation service providers and Crown entities.
  • A total of over $97 million for departmental capital expenditure.
  • A total of nearly $80 million on the provision of debt write-downs to achieve accurate valuations of outstanding Crown debt in accordance with generally accepted accounting practice.
  • A total of nearly $68 million on corporate support services mainly providing services to Oranga Tamariki-Ministry for Children under a shared services agreement.
  • A total of nearly $66 million on income support and assistance to seniors and administration of service cards.
  • A total of nearly $64 million on payments supporting youth who are not able to live at home and payments to provide financial support to young parents.
  • A total of over $53 million on prevention programmes to minimise errors and fraud of the benefit system and services for investigation and collection of overpayments and fraudulent payments.
  • A total of nearly $47 million on social policy advice, and data, analytics and evidence services.
  • A total of over $42 million on historic claims resolution.
  • A total of nearly $20 million on management of student support.
  • A total of over $10 million on supporting equitable pay for care and support workers.
  • A total of over $10 million on establishment and operation of an independent monitoring and assurance function of the Oranga Tamariki system.
  • A total of over $6 million on planning, correspondence and monitoring.
  • A total of nearly $2 million on place-based initiatives - South Auckland Social Wellbeing Board.
  • A total of nearly $1 million on place-based initiatives - Tairawhiti local leadership.
  • A total of nearly $1 million on implementation and operation of the mandatory registration of social workers.
  • A total of $250,000 on a Children's Commissioner capital injection.

The Minister for Social Development is also responsible for a capital injection of over $48 million to the Ministry of Social Development.

The Minister of Housing is responsible for appropriations in the Vote for the 2020/21 financial year covering the following:

  • A total of over $2,607 million on accommodation assistance.
  • A total of nearly $62 million on services to support people to access accommodation.
  • A total of over $7 million on housing support assistance for those in need to access or retain housing solutions.
  • A total of $4 million on reimbursement to tenants of income related rent overpayments.
  • A total of nearly $3 million on an emergency housing support package.

The Minister for Youth is responsible for an appropriation in the Vote for the 2020/21 financial year covering the following:

  • A total of nearly $11 million on partnering for youth development.

The Minister of Revenue is responsible for appropriations in the Vote for the 2020/21 financial year covering the following:

  • A total of over $1,648 million on payments for student loans.
  • A total of nearly $20 million for management of student loans.

The Minister for Disability Issues is responsible for an appropriation in the Vote for the 2020/21 financial year covering the following:

  • A total of over $7 million on promoting positive outcomes for disabled people.

The Minister for Veterans is responsible for appropriations in the Vote for the 2020/21 financial year covering the following:

  • A total of over $134 million on payments of Veterans' Pension.
  • A total of $684,000 for processing of Veterans' Pensions.

The Minister for Seniors is responsible for appropriations in the Vote for the 2020/21 financial year covering the following:

  • A total of nearly $2 million on the enhancement and promotion of SuperGold Cards.
  • A total of over $1 million on promoting positive outcomes for seniors.

Details of these appropriations are set out in Parts 2-4.

Details of Appropriations and Capital Injections

Annual Appropriations and Forecast Permanent Appropriations

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Titles and Scopes of Appropriations by Appropriation Type 2019/20 2020/21
Final
Budgeted
$000
Estimated
Actual
$000
Budget
$000

Departmental Output Expenses

     

Administration of Service Cards (M63)

This appropriation is limited to assessing entitlement for and issuing the Community Services Card, SuperGold Card and Veteran SuperGold Card, and providing information about the Community Service Card.
5,931 5,931 5,738

Corporate Support Services (M63)

This appropriation is limited to the provision of corporate support services to other agencies.
67,519 67,519 67,519

Data, Analytics and Evidence Services (M63)

This appropriation is limited to providing data, analytics and evidence services to better inform government decision-making.
36,940 36,940 31,828

Enhancement and Promotion of SuperGold Cards (M61)

This appropriation is limited to promoting, enhancing and delivering information about the SuperGold and Veteran SuperGold cards, and enlisting businesses to provide discounts to SuperGold cardholders.
3,180 3,180 1,700

Establishment of Independent Monitor of the Oranga Tamariki System (M63)

This appropriation is limited to establishing an independent monitor and assurance function to provide oversight of the Oranga Tamariki system.
5,660 5,660 5,660

Income Support and Assistance to Seniors (M63)

This appropriation is limited to processing and administering New Zealand Superannuation payments, social security entitlements and international social security agreements to older persons, providing advice to older persons, and assessing financial entitlement to residential subsidies.
59,540 59,540 60,077

Independent Monitoring and Assurance of the Oranga Tamariki System (M63)

This appropriation is limited to independent monitoring of compliance with, and delivery of, the Oranga Tamariki Act and related regulations and standards.
999 999 4,677

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.
52,981 52,981 53,112

Management of Student Loans (M57)

This appropriation is limited to assessing, administering, processing and reviewing entitlements for Student Loan payments and providing guidance to students making financial and study decisions.
18,668 18,668 19,673

Management of Student Support (M63)

This appropriation is limited to managing non-recoverable financial support to students, involving assessing, administering and processing Student Allowance payments and other income support to eligible secondary and tertiary students.
18,783 18,783 19,790

Place-Based Initiatives - South Auckland Social Wellbeing Board (M63)

This appropriation is limited to the delivery of services by and operational support of the South Auckland Social Wellbeing Board.
2,940 2,940 1,700

Place-based Initiatives - Tairawhiti Local Leadership (M63)

This appropriation is limited to the provision of operational support for the place-based approach being led by the Tairawhiti Social Impact Collective.
1,969 1,969 953

Planning, Correspondence and Monitoring (M63)

This appropriation is limited to providing planning, reporting and monitoring advice (other than policy decision-making advice) on Crown entities, statutory appointment advice on Crown entities and statutory tribunals, and correspondence services to support Ministers to discharge their portfolio responsibilities.
7,244 7,244 6,278

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 and related matters, including social sector issues.
16,335 16,335 15,051

Processing of Veterans' Pensions (M75)

This appropriation is limited to the processing and administrative aspects of payment of Veterans' Pensions and related allowances.
734 734 684

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 and external agencies on disability matters.
6,909 6,909 7,198

Promoting Positive Outcomes for Seniors (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 issues, and ministerial services.
1,247 1,247 1,297

Services to Support People to Access Accommodation (M37)

This appropriation is limited to assessing and reviewing eligibility for housing needs and income related rent, and managing the public housing register, and supporting the holistic needs of people and their families receiving housing-related case management support.
55,030 55,030 61,767

Total Departmental Output Expenses

362,609 362,609 364,702

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.
130,372 130,372 97,249

Total Departmental Capital Expenditure

130,372 130,372 97,249

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 Oranga Tamariki Act 1989, and the identification of aspects of law, policy and practice that might adversely affect children and the development and proposal of remedies.
3,157 3,157 4,157

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.
85,376 85,376 90,542

Implementation and Operation of the Mandatory Registration of Social Workers (M63)

This appropriation is limited to supporting the implementation and operation of the mandatory registration of social workers.
1,343 1,343 788

Student Placement Services (M63)

This appropriation is limited to placement services for students for holiday and term employment.
3,512 3,512 3,512

Supporting Equitable Pay for Care and Support Workers (M63)

This appropriation is limited to the additional costs of worker hours resulting from the Care and Support Workers (Pay Equity) Settlement Act 2017.
11,001 11,001 10,332

Total Non-Departmental Output Expenses

104,389 104,389 109,331

Benefits or Related Expenses

     

Accommodation Assistance (M37)

This appropriation is limited to payments for accommodation costs, paid in accordance with criteria set out in, or in delegated legislation made under, the Social Security Act 2018.
2,025,778 1,935,778 2,607,247

Childcare Assistance (M63)

This appropriation is limited to assistance for the costs of childcare that meets specific quality guidelines, where parents meet activity and income criteria set out in, or in delegated legislation made under, the Social Security Act 2018.
163,298 150,898 167,287

Disability Assistance (M63)

This appropriation is limited to the Disability Allowance for people with disability costs, the Child Disability Allowance to the caregivers of children with a serious disability, and the Special Disability Allowance for the purpose of defraying expenses from the hospitalisation of a spouse or partner, paid in accordance with criteria set out in, or in delegated legislation made under, the Social Security Act 2018. The Special Disability Allowance may also be paid in accordance with criteria set out in the New Zealand Superannuation and Retirement Income Act 2001.
403,202 397,202 419,290

Family Start/NGO Awards (M63)

This appropriation is limited to the payment of course fees for Family Start family/whanau and NGO workers pursuing social work qualifications, in accordance with Cabinet decisions.
705 705 705

Hardship Assistance (M63)

This appropriation is limited to Civil Defence payments, Funeral Grants, 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 criteria set out in, or in delegated legislation made under, the Social Security Act 2018.
469,709 399,709 622,573

Jobseeker Support and Emergency Benefit (M63)

This appropriation is limited to means-tested income support for people who are eligible for Jobseeker Support or an Emergency Benefit, paid in accordance with criteria set out in, or in delegated legislation made under, the Social Security Act 2018.
2,533,115 2,373,115 4,521,173

New Zealand Superannuation (M63)

This appropriation is limited to 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.
15,542,124 15,516,124 16,346,040

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

This appropriation is limited to the Orphan's/Unsupported Child's Benefit and additional assistance to provide income support for people charged with the responsibility for a child whose parents are dead or cannot be located, suffer a serious long-term disablement, or where there has been a breakdown in the child's family, paid in accordance with criteria set out in, or in delegated legislation made under, the Social Security Act 2018.
252,637 248,237 267,807

Sole Parent Support (M63)

This appropriation is limited to means-tested income support for people who are eligible for Sole Parent Support, paid in accordance with criteria set out in, or in delegated legislation made under, the Social Security Act 2018.
1,276,765 1,234,565 1,577,147

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, or in delegated legislation made under, the Social Security Act 2018; and Civilian Amputees Assistance, paid in accordance with criteria set out in the Disabled Persons Community Welfare Act 1975.
12,237 11,037 11,556

Student Allowances (M63)

This appropriation is limited to means-tested allowances for students on an approved study programme, paid in accordance with criteria set out in the Student Allowance Regulations 1998; and payment of Student Allowance Transfer Grants to students with dependants, paid in accordance with criteria set out in, or in delegated legislation made under, the Social Security Act 2018.
607,899 579,899 640,828

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.
20,667 20,667 25,667

Supported Living Payment (M63)

This appropriation is limited to means-tested income support for people who are eligible for the Supported Living Payment, paid in accordance with criteria set out in, or in delegated legislation made under, the Social Security Act 2018.
1,666,505 1,644,905 1,806,819

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, paid in accordance with criteria set out in, or in delegated legislation made under, the Social Security Act 2018.
252 252 650

Veterans' Pension (M75)

This appropriation is limited to the provision of the Veterans' Pension, and lump sum payments upon the death of a qualifying veteran or a veteran's qualifying spouse or partner, to eligible veterans and their spouses, partners and dependent children, as set out in the Veterans' Support Act 2014 and delegated legislation made under that Act.
146,481 144,881 134,430

Winter Energy Payment (M63)

This appropriation is limited to the Winter Energy Payment, paid to eligible people in accordance with criteria set out in, or in delegated legislation made under, the Social Security Act 2018.
702,312 682,312 879,607

Work Assistance (M63)

This appropriation is limited to payments to beneficiaries, low income earners, students and ex beneficiaries to assist them to obtain and maintain employment, paid in accordance with criteria set out in, or in delegated legislation made under, the Social Security Act 2018.
2,580 2,223 2,568

Youth Payment and Young Parent Payment (M63)

This appropriation is limited to income support and incentive payments for people who are eligible for the Youth Payment or Young Parent Payment, paid in accordance with criteria set out in, or in delegated legislation made under, the Social Security Act 2018.
56,261 53,861 63,633

Total Benefits or Related Expenses

25,882,527 25,396,370 30,095,027

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.
78,789 78,789 79,579

Emergency Housing Support Package (M37)

This appropriation is limited to the provision of products and services to help families with children who are living in emergency housing accommodation and who have received, and remain eligible to receive Emergency Housing Special Needs Grants, paid in accordance with criteria set out in, or in delegated legislation made under, the Social Security Act 2018.
1,300 1,300 2,600

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.
2,308 2,308 2,308

Out of School Care and Recreation Programmes (M63)

This appropriation is limited to the provision of assistance to Out of School Care and Recreation programmes approved in accordance with regulations made under the Social Security Act 2018, to assist with the establishment and/or operating costs of OSCAR programmes.
26,299 26,299 21,939

Reimbursement of Income Related Rent Overpayments (M37)

This appropriation is limited to reimbursing overpayments resulting from the reassessment of the Income Related Rent.
4,000 4,000 4,000

Business Support Subsidy Covid-19 (M63)

This appropriation is limited to supporting employers to manage the impact of COVID-19 in line with criteria established by Cabinet.
12,000,000 12,000,000 -

Essential Workers Leave Support Scheme (M63)

This appropriation is limited to supporting workers through the Essential Workers Leave Support Scheme, (approved by Cabinet) in response to the COVID-19 virus, with criteria established by Cabinet.
119,500 119,500 -

Financial Assistance to Support Worker Self-Isolation (M63)

This appropriation is limited to supporting workers to self-isolate in response to the COVID-19 virus.
107,000 107,000 -

Housing Support Package (M37)

This appropriation is limited to the provision of incentives, products and services to help households with lower housing need who are in, or seeking public housing, to access or retain alternative housing solutions.
1,694 1,694 -

Total Non-Departmental Other Expenses

12,340,890 12,340,890 110,426

Non-Departmental Capital Expenditure

     

Children's Commissioner Capital Injection (M63)

This appropriation is limited to capital injections to the Office of the Children's Commissioner for their capital programme.
- - 250

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, paid in accordance with criteria set out in, or in delegated legislation made under, the Social Security Act 2018.
387,808 359,808 501,047

Student Loans (M57)

This appropriation is limited to loans to tertiary students undertaking studies at approved tertiary institutions in accordance with Cabinet decisions.
1,508,144 1,458,144 1,648,185

Total Non-Departmental Capital Expenditure

1,895,952 1,817,952 2,149,482

Multi-Category Expenses and Capital Expenditure

     

Community Support Services MCA (M63)

The single overarching purpose of this appropriation is to prevent and reduce vulnerability and harm for individuals, families and communities.
161,773 161,773 198,957

Departmental Output Expenses

     

Developing and Managing Community Services

This category is limited to approving, monitoring, contracting and managing the relationships with community-based service providers; engaging with communities and developing services.
32,426 32,426 31,948

Non-Departmental Output Expenses

     

Community Support and Advice

This category is limited to services that build financial capability, develop community and provider capability and provide targeted advice and support for vulnerable individuals and families.
27,521 27,521 30,289

Expansion of Kainga Whanau Ora pilot

This category is limited to the expansion and continuation of the Kainga Whanau Ora pilot.
2,315 2,315 2,292

Improving Children's Participation in Education

This category is limited to programmes and services that enable children to better engage and participate in education.
1,550 1,550 1,550

Participation and Support Services for Seniors

This category is limited to services that address isolation, abuse and neglect of older people, and support participation in communities.
3,103 3,103 4,884

Supporting Victims and Perpetrators of Family and Sexual Violence

This category is limited to services that support victims of family and sexual violence and address perpetrator behaviour.
91,018 91,018 127,034

Non-Departmental Other Expenses

     

Community Response to Adverse or Emergency Events

This category is limited to financial support for communities that have been impacted by an adverse or emergency event.
3,840 3,840 960

Housing Support Assistances MCA (M37)

The single overarching purpose of this appropriation is to support people to access or retain housing.
5,146 5,146 7,400

Non-Departmental Output Expenses

     

Provision to better prepare people to access and sustain private rentals

This category is limited to the provision of programmes to help prepare people to obtain and sustain private rental accommodation.
140 140 200

Non-Departmental Other Expenses

     

Non-Recoverable Housing Support Assistances

This category is limited to non-recoverable Housing Support Assistances, which help people access and/or retain housing tenancies, paid in accordance with criteria set out in delegated legislation made under the Social Security Act 2018.
4,006 4,006 6,200

Non-Departmental Capital Expenditure

     

Recoverable Housing Support Assistances

This category is limited to recoverable Housing Support Assistances, which help people access and/or retain housing tenancies, paid in accordance with criteria set out in delegated legislation made under the Social Security Act 2018.
1,000 1,000 1,000

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.
786,542 786,542 811,310

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, and administering international social security agreements relating to disabled people, sole parents, and widows and widowers.
352,676 352,676 347,056

Improving Employment Outcomes

This category is limited to providing specified assistance, including services, to eligible people to help them move into and retain sustainable employment, in accordance with criteria set out in, or in delegated legislation made under, the Social Security Act 2018.
332,977 332,977 368,007

Improving Work Readiness Outcomes

This category is limited to providing services to eligible people to address barriers to employment to help them become work ready, in accordance with criteria set out in, or in delegated legislation made under, the Social Security Act 2018.
100,889 100,889 96,247

Partnering for Youth Development MCA (M77)

The single overarching purpose of this appropriation is to improve outcomes for young people through youth development.
13,973 13,973 10,961

Departmental Output Expenses

     

Administering Youth Development

This category is limited to developing, promoting and funding a positive youth development approach in partnership with businesses, iwi and the philanthropic and youth sectors.
5,134 5,134 2,399

Non-Departmental Output Expenses

     

Delivering Youth Development

This category is limited to purchasing youth development outcomes.
8,839 8,839 8,562

Total Multi-Category Expenses and Capital Expenditure

967,434 967,434 1,028,628

Total Annual Appropriations and Forecast Permanent Appropriations

41,684,173 41,120,016 33,954,845

Multi-Year Appropriations

Type, Title, Scope and Period of Appropriations Appropriations, Adjustments and Use $000

Departmental Output Expenses

   

Administering Support for the Mental Health and Employment Social Bond Pilot (M63)

This appropriation is limited to the costs of administering and providing business support to the Mental Health and Employment Social Bond Pilot.

Commences: 01 February 2017

Expires: 30 June 2021
Original Appropriation 340
Adjustments to 2018/19 -
Adjustments for 2019/20 (240)
Adjusted Appropriation 100
Actual to 2018/19 Year End 100
Estimated Actual for 2019/20 -
Estimate for 2020/21 -
Estimated Appropriation Remaining -

Claims Resolution (M63)

This appropriation is limited to resolving claims of abuse and neglect for people who were under the supervision or in the care, custody or guardianship of the state or who had come to the notice of the state prior to 2008.

Commences: 01 April 2017

Expires: 30 June 2021
Original Appropriation 25,049
Adjustments to 2018/19 -
Adjustments for 2019/20 (11,452)
Adjusted Appropriation 13,597
Actual to 2018/19 Year End 13,597
Estimated Actual for 2019/20 -
Estimate for 2020/21 -
Estimated Appropriation Remaining -

Historic Claims (M63)

This appropriation is limited to resolving claims of people over the age of 18 who report experiencing abuse or neglect while in the care, custody, guardianship, or came to the notice, of the state (but are not currently under the sole guardianship of the state), including assisting and responding to reviews and inquiries of the historic child welfare system and the redress and rehabilitation process.

Commences: 01 July 2019

Expires: 30 June 2024
Original Appropriation 93,750
Adjustments to 2018/19 -
Adjustments for 2019/20 (64,987)
Adjusted Appropriation 28,763
Actual to 2018/19 Year End -
Estimated Actual for 2019/20 28,763
Estimate for 2020/21 -
Estimated Appropriation Remaining -

Historic Claims Resolution (M63)

This appropriation is limited to resolving claims of people who report experiencing abuse or neglect prior to 1 April 2017 while in the care, custody, guardianship, or came to the notice, of the state (but are not currently under the sole guardianship of the state), including assisting and responding to reviews and inquiries of the historic child welfare system and the redress and rehabilitation process.

Commences: 01 July 2020

Expires: 30 June 2024
Original Appropriation 76,439
Adjustments to 2018/19 -
Adjustments for 2019/20 -
Adjusted Appropriation 76,439
Actual to 2018/19 Year End -
Estimated Actual for 2019/20 -
Estimate for 2020/21 42,471
Estimated Appropriation Remaining 33,968

Non-Departmental Output Expenses

   

Mental Health and Employment Social Bond Pilot (M63)

This appropriation is limited to the outcome payments incurred under the Mental Health and Employment Social Bond Pilot.

Commences: 01 February 2017

Expires: 30 June 2021
Original Appropriation 3,800
Adjustments to 2018/19 -
Adjustments for 2019/20 (2,916)
Adjusted Appropriation 884
Actual to 2018/19 Year End 884
Estimated Actual for 2019/20 -
Estimate for 2020/21 -
Estimated Appropriation Remaining -

Total Annual Appropriations and Forecast Permanent Appropriations and Multi-Year Appropriations

  2019/20 2020/21
Final
Budgeted
$000
Estimated
Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Annual Appropriations and Forecast Permanent Appropriations 41,684,173 41,120,016 33,954,845
Total Forecast MYA Departmental Output Expenses 28,763 28,763 42,471

Total Annual Appropriations and Forecast Permanent Appropriations and Multi-Year Appropriations

41,712,936 41,148,779 33,997,316

Capital Injection Authorisations

  2019/20 2020/21
Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Ministry of Social Development - Capital Injection (M63) 66,232 66,232 48,353

Supporting Information

Part 1 - Vote as a Whole

1.1 - New Policy Initiatives

Policy Initiative Appropriation 2019/20
Final Budgeted
$000
2020/21
Budget
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000
2023/24
Estimated
$000
Appropriation Changes for the Modified Wage Subsidy Scheme

Business Support Subsidy COVID-19 (M63)

2,700,000 - - - -
  Non-Departmental Other Expenses          
 

Improved Employment and Social Outcomes Support MCA (M63)

         
 
  • Improving Employment Outcomes
14,900 - - - -
  Departmental Output Expenses          
Benefits for Recent Migrants - Continuing Current Residency Requirements

Jobseeker Support and Emergency Benefit (M63)

- 3,584 7,314 10,339 10,552
 

Sole Parent Support (M63)

- 84 172 175 179
 

Supported Living Payment (M63)

- 512 1,046 1,321 1,348
 

Youth Payment and Young Parent Payment (M63)

- 25 51 52 53
  Benefits or Related Expenses          
Community Services: Addressing Cost Pressures for Building Financial Capability

Community Support Services MCA (M63)

         
 
  • Community Support and Advice
- 2,425 2,425 2,425 2,425
  Non-Departmental Output Expenses          
Community Services: Ensuring Continued Access to Response Services for Victims of Elder Abuse

Community Support Services MCA (M63)

         
 
  • Developing and Managing Community Services
- 719 708 708 708
  Departmental Output Expenses          
 
  • Participation and Support Services for Seniors
- 1,781 4,292 6,792 9,292
  Non-Departmental Output Expenses          
Community Services: Ensuring Continued Access to Specialist Services for Perpetrators of Family Violence

Community Support Services MCA (M63)

         
 
  • Supporting Victims and Perpetrators of Family and Sexual Violence
- 2,500 3,500 5,000 5,000
  Non-Departmental Output Expenses          
Community Services: Ensuring Continued Access to Specialist Services for Victims of Family Violence

Community Support Services MCA (M63)

         
 
  • Developing and Managing Community Services
- 1,449 1,434 1,434 993
  Departmental Output Expenses          
 
  • Supporting Victims and Perpetrators of Family and Sexual Violence
- 15,551 32,566 40,566 48,007
  Non-Departmental Output Expenses          
Community Services: Improving Access to Support Services for Communities in Regional New Zealand

Data, Analytics and Evidence Services (M63)

- - 50 50 50
 

Community Support Services MCA (M63)

         
 
  • Developing and Managing Community Services
- 350 350 350 350
  Departmental Output Expenses          
 
  • Community Support and Advice
- 1,728 3,046 6,722 6,722
  Non-Departmental Output Expenses          
Community Services: Keeping Community-Based Services Open for Disabled People

Community Participation Services (M63)

- 5,166 10,332 11,167 16,635
  Non-Departmental Output Expenses          
Community Services: Strengthening Capability of Social Sector Providers

Community Support Services MCA (M63)

         
 
  • Community Support and Advice
- 480 480 480 480
  Non-Departmental Output Expenses          
Completing Interior Security Fit-Out Programme for The Safety of Clients and Staff

Ministry of Social Development - Capital Injection (M63)

- 36,968 - - -
  Departmental Net Assets          
 

Income Support and Assistance to Seniors (M63)

- 601 601 601 601
 

Management of Student Loans (M57)

- 197 197 197 197
 

Management of Student Support (M63)

- 198 198 198 198
 

Services to Support People to Access Accommodation (M96)

- 618 618 618 618
  Departmental Output Expenses          
 

Improved Employment and Social Outcomes Support MCA (M63)

         
 
  • Administering Income Support
- 3,475 3,475 3,475 3,475
 
  • Improving Employment Outcomes
- 3,560 3,560 3,560 3,560
 
  • Improving Work Readiness Outcomes
- 963 963 963 963
  Departmental Output Expenses          
Continued Viability of Out of School Care and Recreation Service Providers

Out of School Care and Recreation Programmes (M63)

- 2,400 2,400 2,400 2,400
  Non-Departmental Other Expenses          
COVID-19: Financial Support Paper B: COVID-19 Leave Payment Scheme

Financial Assistance to Support Worker Self-Isolation (M63)

126,500 - - - -
  Non-Departmental Other Expenses          
COVID-19: Overview of the Government's Response: Economic Package

Accommodation Assistance (M96)

(6,139) (25,478) (22,488) (19,887) (18,985)
 

Childcare Assistance (M63)

(67) (262) (360) (576) (567)
 

Hardship Assistance (M63)

(1,078) (4,379) (3,793) (2,780) (1,074)
 

Jobseeker Support and Emergency Benefit (M63)

60,500 283,616 342,669 332,441 302,570
 

Sole Parent Support (M63)

25,435 104,778 107,747 110,175 113,198
 

Supported Living Payment (M63)

37,025 150,507 156,049 160,951 166,077
 

Winter Energy Payment (M63)

188,849 290,851 - - -
 

Youth Payment and Young Parent Payment (M63)

1,057 4,522 4,653 4,835 5,113
  Benefits or Related Expenses          
 

Business Support Subsidy Covid-19 (M63)

5,100,000 - - - -
  Non-Departmental Other Expenses          
COVID-19 Support for Essential Social Sector Services and Communities

Community Participation Services (M63)

3,000 3,000 - - -
  Non-Departmental Output Expenses          
 

Community Support Services MCA (M63)

         
 
  • Developing and Managing Community Services
200 - - - -
  Departmental Output Expenses          
 
  • Community Support and Advice
2,650 1,350 - - -
 
  • Supporting Victims and Perpetrators of Family and Sexual Violence
7,875 4,125 - - -
  Non-Departmental Output Expenses          
 
  • Community Responses Adverse or Emergency Events
3,840 960 - - -
  Non-Departmental Other Expenses          
Drawdown of Contingency for Improving the Resilience of Work and Income Critical Systems

Ministry of Social Development - Capital Injection (M63)

3,535 - - - -
  Departmental Net Assets          
 

Improved Employment and Social Outcomes Support MCA (M63)

         
 
  • Administering Income Support
1,818 1,429 1,429 1,429 1,429
 

Income Support and Assistance to Seniors (M63)

313 246 246 246 246
 

Management of Student Loans (M57)

111 87 87 87 87
 

Management of Student Support (M63)

115 90 90 90 90
 

Processing of Veterans' Pensions (M75)

4 3 3 3 3
  Departmental Output Expenses          
Early Years Violence Prevention Sites Contingency - Second Drawdown

Place-Based Initiatives - South Auckland Social Wellbeing Board (M63)

790 1,700 - - -
 

Place-based Initiatives - Tairawhiti Local Leadership (M63)

953 953 - - -
  Departmental Output Expenses          
Employer-Assisted Work Visa System

Ministry of Social Development - Capital Injection (M63)

1,745 4,291 48 - -
  Departmental Net Assets          
 

Improved Employment and Social Outcomes Support MCA (M63)

         
 
  • Improving Employment Outcomes
45 1,026 1,782 1,782 1,782
  Departmental Output Expenses          
Establishing an Essential Workers Leave Support Scheme

Improved Employment and Social Outcomes Support MCA (M63)

         
 
  • Improving Employment Outcomes
200 - - - -
  Departmental Output Expenses          
 

Essential Workers Leave Support Scheme (M63)

119,500 - - - -
 

Financial Assistance to Support Worker Self-Isolation (M63)

(19,500) - - - -
  Non-Departmental Other Expenses          
Establishing and Operating the Independent Children's Monitor

Independent Monitoring and Assurance of the Oranga Tamariki System (M63)

- - 10,500 10,500 10,500
  Departmental Output Expenses          
 

Ministry of Social Development - Capital Injection (M63)

- - 400 - -
  Departmental Net Assets          
Exempting Social Security Income and Cash-asset testing for Financial Donations to Those Affected by the Christchurch Mosque Attacks

Accommodation Assistance (M96)

39 189 189 189 190
 

Hardship Assistance (M63)

4 20 20 20 20
  Benefits or Related Expenses          
Expanding the COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme and Adapting it to Support Furloughed Workers

Business Support Subsidy COVID-19 (M63)

4,200,000 - - - -
  Non-Departmental Other Expenses          
Expansion of Kainga Whanau Ora

Community Support Services MCA (M63)

         
 
  • Expansion of Kainga Whanau Ora Pilot
2,315 2,292 - - -
  Non-Departmental Output Expenses          
Extending Eligibility to Student Support to People Affected by the Christchurch Mosques Terror Attack

Student Allowances (M63)

156 312 312 156 -
  Benefits or Related Expenses          
 

Student Loans (M57)

38 96 115 57 -
  Non-Departmental Capital Expenditure          
Extending the Pilot of The Community Organisation Refugee Sponsorship (Cors) Category

Community Support Services MCA (M63)

         
 
  • Developing and Managing Community Services
- - 150 150 150
  Departmental Output Expenses          
Financial Appropriations for Drawdown from the Consolidated Homelessness Contingency

Data, Analytics and Evidence Services (M63)

- 140 160 100 -
 

Services to Support People to Access Accommodation (M96)

9,200 13,120 11,330 7,380 -
  Departmental Output Expenses          
 

Housing Support Assistances MCA (M37)

         
 
  • Provision to Better Prepare People for Private Rental Programme
140 200 200 200 -
  Non-Departmental Output Expenses          
First Draw-down from the 'Reducing Risk in Critical Systems and Implementing Legislative Change' Contingencies

Ministry of Social Development - Capital Injection (M63)

18,164 770 - - -
  Departmental Net Assets          
 

Improved Employment and Social Outcomes Support MCA (M63)

  • Administering Income Support
6,010 1,401 2,599 3,433 3,433
 

Income Support and Assistance to Seniors (M63)

99 345 428 428 428
  Departmental Output Expenses          
Funding an Extension to the Christchurch Mosques Attack Welfare Programme for 12 Months

Hardship Assistance (M63)

95 660 - - -
  Benefits or Related Expenses          
Funding Decisions to Improve Administration of the Response to COVID-19

Improved Employment and Social Outcomes Support MCA (M63)

         
 
  • Improving Employment Outcomes
6,557 12,309 - - -
  Departmental Output Expenses          
Funding and Safety of Childcare for Essential Workers

Out of School Care and Recreation Programmes (M63)

6,760 - - - -
  Non-Departmental Other Expenses          
Impact of COVID-19 on the Ministry of Social Development's Operating Model

Accommodation Assistance (M96)

1,056 8,807 - - -
 

Disability Assistance (M63)

731 1,829 - - -
 

Hardship Assistance (M63)

4,754 25,143 - - -
 

Jobseeker Support and Emergency Benefit (M63)

13,763 48,979 - - -
 

Sole Parent Support (M63)

1,166 9,209 - - -
 

Supported Living Payment (M63)

3 3 - - -
  Benefits or Related Expenses          
Income Support Funding for those affected by the Christchurch Mosques Attack

Hardship Assistance (M63)

2,116 - - - -
 

Jobseeker Support and Emergency Benefit (M63)

423 423 - - -
  Benefits or Related Expenses          
Initial Income Stand-Downs: Policy Settings and Options for Change

Accommodation Assistance (M96)

1,655 2,860 - - -
 

Disability Assistance (M63)

32 54 - - -
 

Hardship Assistance (M63)

(498) (814) - - -
 

Jobseeker Support and Emergency Benefit (M63)

5,886 10,216 - - -
 

Sole Parent Support (M63)

1,408 2,384 - - -
 

Supported Living Payment (M63)

284 479 - - -
 

Winter Energy Payment (M63)

- - - - -
 

Youth Payment and Young Parent Payment (M63)

83 149 - - -
  Benefits or Related Expenses          
 

Recoverable Assistance (M63)

(1,325) (2,209) - - -
  Non-Departmental Capital Expenditure Expenses          
Integrated Community Responses: Initial Budget 19 Family Violence Contingency Draw Down

Community Support Services MCA (M63)

         
 
  • Developing and Managing Community Services
284 - - - -
  Departmental Output Expenses          
North Island Drought: Financial Assistance

Hardship Assistance (M63)

157 264 - - -
  Benefits or Related Expenses          
Office of the Children's Commissioner: Addressing Cost Pressure and Additional Capacity

Children's Commissioner Capital Injection (M63)

- 250 - - -
  Non-Departmental Capital Expenditure          
 

Children's Commissioner (M63)

- 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000
  Non-Departmental Output Expenses          
Preventing and Reducing Homelessness - Funding a Balanced Approach and Initiatives for Implementation in 2020 (Paper A)

Accommodation Assistance (M96)

- 10 32 62 77
  Benefits or Related Expenses          
Preventing and Reducing Homelessness in New Zealand

Services to Support People to Access Accommodation (M96)

10,300 12,360 12,360 12,360 -
  Departmental Output Expenses          
 

Emergency Housing Support Package (M37)

1,300 2,600 2,600 2,700 -
  Non-Departmental Other Expenses          
Raising the Profile and Strengthening the Pipeline into Vocational Education

Improved Employment and Social Outcomes Support MCA (M63)

         
 
  • Improving Work Readiness Outcomes
1,500 3,000 1,500 - -
  Departmental Output Expenses          
Refugee Quota Increase: Report back to draw down for changes to re-establishment grants

Hardship Assistance (M63)

- 2,129 2,129 2,129 2,129
  Benefits or Related Expenses          
Request for a Drawdown from the Capital Contingency IT Changes to the Social Allocation System

Ministry of Social Development - Capital Withdrawal (M63)

(489) - - - -
 

Ministry of Social Development - Capital Injection (M63)

1,150 - - - -
  Departmental Net Assets          
 

Services to Support People to Access Accommodation (M96)

27 66 132 132 132
  Departmental Output Expenses          
Request for Drawdown from Contingency: Family Violence Prevention

Data, Analytics and Evidence Services (M63)

100 250 250 150 150
 

Community Support Services MCA (M63)

         
 
  • Developing and Managing Community Services
2,500 2,500 2,500 2,500 2,500
  Departmental Output Expenses          
 

Community Support Services MCA (M63)

         
 
  • Supporting Victims and Perpetrators of Family and Sexual Violence
4,470 4,810 5,310 5,410 5,410
  Non-Departmental Output Expenses          
Request for Drawdown of Budget 2019 Contingency: Family Violence Capability and Regional Support

Community Support Services MCA (M63)

         
 
  • Supporting Victims and Perpetrators of Family and Sexual Violence
- 8,298 8,866 8,866 8,866
  Non-Departmental Output Expenses          
Rural Assistance Payments for Farmers affected by drought in the Northland region and parts of the Auckland region

Hardship Assistance (M63)

173 177 - - -
  Benefits or Related Expenses          
Settlement Funding Priorities and Proposals for 2019/20-2020/21

Partnering for Youth Development MCA (M77)

         
 
  • Delivering Youth Development
70 - - - -
  Non-Departmental Output Expenses          
Temporary Accommodation Assistance (Canterbury Earthquake) and Transitional Assistance Payment

Hardship Assistance (M63)

93 112 - - -
  Benefits or Related Expenses          
 

Improved Employment and Social Outcomes Support MCA (M63)

         
 
  • Administering Income Support
134 188 - - -
  Departmental Output Expenses          

Total Initiatives

  12,679,309 1,086,279 731,022 731,022 719,760

1.2 - Trends in the Vote

Summary of Financial Activity

  2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19 2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24
Actual
$000
Actual
$000
Actual
$000
Actual
$000
Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated
Actual
$000
Departmental
Transactions
Budget
$000
Non-
Departmental
Transactions
Budget
$000
Total
Budget
$000
Estimated
$000
Estimated
$000
Estimated
$000

Appropriations

                       
Output Expenses 291,887 319,094 388,217 391,278 495,761 495,761 407,173 109,331 516,504 500,217 459,841 445,469
Benefits or Related Expenses 19,548,166 20,350,301 21,106,981 23,078,785 25,882,527 25,396,370 N/A 30,095,027 30,095,027 29,642,296 29,957,057 30,907,932
Borrowing Expenses - - - - - - - - - - - -
Other Expenses 23,485 110,892 98,812 95,460 12,340,890 12,340,890 - 110,426 110,426 110,426 110,526 107,827
Capital Expenditure 1,874,904 1,841,869 1,718,192 1,800,424 2,026,324 1,948,324 97,249 2,149,482 2,246,731 2,252,276 2,203,329 2,150,828
Intelligence and Security Department Expenses and Capital Expenditure - - - - - - - N/A - - - -
Multi-Category Expenses and Capital Expenditure (MCA)                        
Output Expenses 755,731 752,816 759,532 806,161 958,588 958,588 845,657 174,811 1,020,468 994,395 1,015,923 1,024,673
Other Expenses - - - - 7,846 7,846 - 7,160 7,160 6,200 6,200 6,200
Capital Expenditure - - - - 1,000 1,000 N/A 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000

Total Appropriations

22,494,173 23,374,972 24,071,734 26,172,108 41,712,936 41,148,779 1,350,079 32,647,237 33,997,316 33,506,810 33,753,876 34,643,929

Crown Revenue and Capital Receipts

                       
Tax Revenue - - - - - - N/A - - - - -
Non-Tax Revenue 14,973 14,506 12,922 9,073 13,319 13,319 N/A 25,443 25,443 25,553 25,408 25,160
Capital Receipts 702,841 676,501 739,894 785,585 826,054 826,054 N/A 957,723 957,723 965,354 954,865 967,820

Total Crown Revenue and Capital Receipts

717,814 691,007 752,816 794,658 839,373 839,373 N/A 983,166 983,166 990,907 980,273 992,980

Note - where restructuring of the vote has occurred then, to the extent practicable, prior years information has been restated as if the restructuring had occurred before the beginning of the period covered. In this instance Total Appropriations for the Budgeted and Estimated Actual year may not equal Total Annual Appropriations and Forecast Permanent Appropriations and Multi-Year Appropriations in the Details of Appropriations and Capital Injections.

1.3 - Analysis of Significant Trends

Output Expenses

The output expenses trend increased from 2016/17 to 2017/18 which was mainly related to the Ministry providing a full year of corporate support services to Oranga Tamariki-Ministry for Children, which was established from 1 April 2017 ($61.629 million). 

The output expenses trend increases from 2018/19 to 2019/20 mainly due to reforecasting of Historic Claims expenditure ($22.669 million), new funding initiatives in 2019/20 for preventing and reducing homelessness ($19.500 million), Ministry remuneration cost pressures ($8.345 million), improving outcomes for Children in State Care through independent monitoring ($7.659 million), the Growing Up in New Zealand (GUiNZ) study ($6.642 million), maintaining services by addressing inflationary and demand pressures in technology and accommodation ($6.490 million), increasing case management at the Frontline ($3.110 million), improving financial wellbeing through the SuperGold Card ($3.040 million), support for essential social sector services and communities as a result of COVID-19 ($3 million) and a transfer of funding in 2019/20 from Multi-Category Expenses to output expenses for data, analytics work in 2019/20 ($8.468 million). 

The trend increases from 2019/20 to 2020/21 mainly due to an increase of funding for Historic Claims ($13.708 million) and new funding for keeping community-based services open for disabled people ($5.166 million).

The trend decreases from 2020/21 to 2021/22 mainly due to a revised forecast of expenditure for Historic Claims ($8.503 million). The trend then decreases from 2021/22 to 2022/23 mainly due to time-limited Historic Claims funding ending in 2021/22 ($33.968 million).

The trend decreases from 2022/23 to 2023/24 mainly due to time-limited funding for preventing and reducing homelessness ending in 2022/23 ($19.740 million).

Other Expenses

The fluctuating trend for Non-departmental Other Expenses was due to changing levels of debt write-downs from 2015/16 to 2018/19. Debt write-downs are impacted by both changing levels of outstanding social benefit debt and the interest rates used to calculate the debt write-down provision. The other expenses trend increases on a massive scale from 2018/19 to 2019/20 mainly due to the funding of the COVID-19 business support subsidy scheme ($12 billion) and the COVID-19 leave payment schemes ($226.500 million) in 2019/20. The other expenses baseline trend returns to normal levels from 2020/21 onwards.

Non-Departmental Capital Expenditure

The majority (75% to 90%) of Non-departmental Capital Expenditure is for Student Loans with about 60% of expenditure occurring in the first four months of each calendar year when course fees are paid. Expenditure decreased from $1,610 million in 2015/16 to $1,459 million in 2018/19 with the introduction of the 'Fees Free' policy for new first year students creating a large reduction in 2018. Expenditure is expected to increase from $1,458 million in 2019/20 to $1,681 million in 2021/22 due to an increase in student numbers as the weaker labour market sees more people seeking study. Expenditure is then expected to fall to $1,604 million by 2023/24 as the economy recovers and student numbers decline.

The Recoverable Assistance item makes up nearly all of the remainder of Non-departmental Capital Expenditure (from 2019/20 there is a fixed $1 million item for recoverable housing support products). Recoverable Assistance expenditure increased by $33 million (21%) between 2015/16 and 2016/17, in line with the provision of assistance for housing costs, to reach $185 million in 2016/17. This rising trend continued over the next two years along with broad increases in housing related costs (rent arrears, bonds, bedding, furniture) and car repairs, with expenditure reaching $277 million in 2018/19. Expenditure is expected to reach $360 million in 2019/20, rising further to $501 million in 2020/21 due to an increasing number of benefit recipients and continued rising demand for hardship assistance. Expenditure is then expected to fall over the remaining three years reaching $445 million by 2023/24 in line with falling main benefit numbers.

Multi-Category Expenses and Capital Expenditure

The Multi-Category Expenses and Capital Expenditure (MCA) expense had an increase from 2017/18 to 2018/19 which was mainly related to funding for new policy initiatives in 2018/19. This included the administration of the Families Package ($12.202 million), stabilising and strengthening the delivery of family and sexual violence services ($11.981 million), increased funding for availability and resilience of the Ministry's Information Technology (IT) systems and frontline tools ($11.805 million), remuneration cost pressures for the Ministry ($9.690 million), interim frontline security measures ($9.145 million), the Youth Health and Wellbeing Survey ($2 million) and intensive client support service ($1.955 million). 

The trend increases significantly from 2018/19 to 2019/20 mainly due to increased funding for family and sexual violence services ($29.606 million). There is also new funding for Ministry remuneration cost pressures ($16.943 million), support for essential social services and communities as a result of COVID-19 ($14.365 million), safety and security for clients and staff ($11.771 million), the Mana in Mahi employment programme ($10.835 million), maintaining services by addressing inflationary and demand pressures in technology and accommodation ($10.753 million), improving employment and other outcomes for disabled people and people with health conditions ($9.279 million), increasing case management at the frontline ($7.919 million) and administration funding for response to COVID-19 ($6.557 million).

There is another significant increase from 2019/20 to 2020/21 with additional funding for sexual violence services ($13.424 million), new funding for family violence specialist services ($19.500 million), support for essential social services and communities as a result of COVID-19 ($6.435 million) and additional administration funding for response to COVID-19 ($5.752 million).

There is a decrease from 2020/21 to 2021/22 which is mainly due to a reduction in funding for disabled people and people with health conditions ($6.944 million), safety and security for clients and staff ($5.948 million), time limited funding for Kickstart and KidsCan ($1.550 million) and administration response to COVID-19 ($12.309 million).

The trend then increases from 2021/22 to 2022/23 mainly due to additional funding for community services ($15.676 million).

Non-Departmental Benefits or Related Expenses

Expenditure in Vote Social Development BoRE increased by $3,531 million (18%) from $19,548 million in 2015/16 to $23,079 million in 2018/19.

New Zealand Superannuation accounts for the majority of total BoRE expenditure, with this proportion rising from 63% in 2015/16 to 65% in 2017/18, before falling to 63% in 2018/19 as Winter Energy Payment and other Families Package spending occurred. Expenditure on New Zealand Superannuation as a proportion of total BoRE spending is expected to fall to 54% by 2020/21 before rising to 61% by 2023/24.

The main drivers of expected growth in total BoRE spending between 2019/20 and 2023/24 are the increasing number of superannuitants, higher numbers of main benefit recipients, and adjustments to New Zealand Superannuation and main benefit payment rates in line with growth in average wages.

Accommodation Assistance

The Accommodation Assistance appropriation was transferred from Vote Social Development to Vote Social Housing from 1 July 2017. Funding for the Emergency Housing Special Needs Grants was transferred to this appropriation from Hardship Assistance within Vote Social Development from 1 July 2018. The Accommodation Assistance appropriation was transferred back to Vote Social Development from 1 October 2018. All amounts quoted in this section include Emergency Housing - Special Needs Grants from its inception in 2016/17.

Expenditure increased by $476 million (41%) from $1,164 million in 2015/16 to $1,640 million in 2018/19, with a significant increase occurring in April 2018 following an increase to maximum weekly payment rates and changes to area definitions. Expenditure is expected to increase by $296 million (18%) to $1,936 million in 2019/20. This is due to an increase in the uptake of Accommodation Supplement and higher average payment rates.

By 2020/21 expenditure is estimated to be $2,607 million, the growth driven mostly by the increase in uptake of Accommodation Supplement as the effects of COVID-19 hit the New Zealand and global economies, while higher payment rates further contribute to the increase. Expenditure is expected to decrease to $2,367 million by 2023/24, as the number of people receiving benefits decrease as the economy recovers from the impacts of COVID-19.

The number of people receiving Accommodation Supplement typically follows the trends of main benefits (Jobseeker Support, Sole Parent Support and Supported Living Payment) and New Zealand Superannuation. The number of people rose from an average of 292,200 in 2015/16 to 295,200 in 2018/19.

The number is expected to increase to 321,700 in 2019/20 due to the rise in Jobseeker Support recipients. The number of people is then expected to increase further to 431,400 in 2020/21, mainly due to the impacts of COVID-19 on main benefits which will flow through to an increase in Accommodation Supplement. The number of people is then expected to fall to 362,300 by 2023/24 as the New Zealand economy recovers from COVID-19 and main benefit numbers reduce.

Jobseeker Support and Emergency Benefit

Expenditure rose by $183 million (11%) between 2015/16 and 2018/19 to $1,854 million. This is mainly driven by the increase in the average number of people from 2017/18 to 2018/19 where numbers grew 7% from 129,200 to 138,700.

Expenditure for this appropriation is expected to increase by $519 million (28%) between 2018/19 and 2019/20, reaching $2,373 million. This is due to an increase in the number of people as the economy was slightly softer than expected in 2019/20 and the initial effects of COVID-19 occurring from late 2019/20. These impacts are reflected by a 27,500 (20%) increase in the number of people during that period to 166,200. The $25 increase to payment rates from April 2020 as part of the COVID-19 Recovery Package further contributes to the increase in expenditure.

From 2019/20 to 2020/21 expenditure is expected to increase by $2,148 million (91%) to $4,521 million. This is the effect of the expected number of people increasing 78% from an average of 166,200 people to 296,600 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, with a full 12 months of the $25 increase to rates and wage indexation of the payment rates also contributing.

Expenditure is expected to decrease from $4,521 million in 2020/21 to $2,951 million in 2023/24 as the average number of people falls 39% from 296,600 to 180,000 as the economic conditions improve.

New Zealand Superannuation

Expenditure increased by $2,295 million (19%) from $12,267 million in 2015/16 to $14,562 million in 2018/19. Expenditure is expected to increase by a further $3,467 million (22%), from $15,516 million in 2019/20 to $18,983 million in 2023/24. Annual inflation adjustments and adjustments for growth in average wages typically account for between 40% and 50% of total annual changes in expenditure on New Zealand Superannuation.

The number of people on New Zealand Superannuation grew by 76,000 people (11%) between 2015/16 and 2018/19 to an average of 767,000. The number of people is expected to continue to grow, reaching an average of 901,100 by 2023/24.

Over the full nine-year period spanning 2015/16 to 2023/24, expenditure is expected to increase by $6,716 million (55%); this reflects both the number of people being expected to increase by 210,000 (30%), as well as accumulated inflation and wage adjustments.

Sole Parent Support

The number of people on Sole Parent Support decreased by around 8,500 (13%) between 2015/16 and 2018/19 from an average of 67,500 to 59,000. This reduction was not fully reflected in expenditure, as the Sole Parent Support payment rate increased according to cost of living adjustments each April, and by a further $25 per week in April 2016 under the Child Material Hardship Package. Expenditure for this appropriation decreased by $38 million (3%) from $1,153 million in 2015/16 to $1,115 million in 2018/19.

Expenditure is expected to grow by $442 million (36%) from $1,235 million in 2019/20 to $1,677 million in 2023/24. This is mainly due to an expected increase in the average number of people by 9,400 from 60,800 in 2019/20 to 70,200 in 2023/24, with a peak of 74,500 in 2021/22 as economic growth deteriorates and then improves. The $25 increase to the payment rates from April 2020 implemented as part of the COVID-19 Recovery Package and the wage indexation of payment rates will also contribute to this growth.

Supported Living Payment

Expenditure increased by $33 million (2%) from $1,523 million in 2015/16 to $1,556 million in 2018/19 due to inflation adjustments and the $25 increase under the Child Material Hardship Package for those Supported Living Payment beneficiaries with children. Partly offsetting this was a decrease in the average number of people, which fell by 2,400 people (2%) from 97,600 in 2015/16 to 95,100 in 2018/19.

Expenditure for this appropriation is expected to increase by $386 million (23%) from $1,645 million in 2019/20 to $2,031 million in 2023/24. The $25 increase to the payment rates from April 2020 implemented as part of the COVID-19 Recovery Package and wage indexation of the payment rates contribute to the majority of this growth.

The average number of people is expected to increase by 6,900 (7%) from 95,900 in 2019/20 to 102,800 in 2023/24.

1.4 - Reconciliation of Changes in Appropriation Structure

Establishment of Historic Claims Resolution MYA from 1 July 2020 to allow for the resolving of claims of people under 18 years of age. The existing Historic Claims MYA is restricted to resolving claims to people 18 years and over.

2019/20 Appropriations
in the 2019/20 Structure
2019/20
(Current)
$000
Old Structure New Structure
Appropriations to which
Expenses (or Capital
Expenditure) have been Moved from or to
Amount
Moved
$000
2019/20 Appropriations
in the 2020/21 Structure
2019/20
(Restated)
$000
2020/21
$000

Vote Social Development

           

Multi-Year Appropriations

           

Departmental Output Expenses

           
Historic Claims 28,763 Transferred to Historic Claims Resolution MYA (28,763)      
       

Multi-Year Appropriations

   
       

Departmental Output Expenses

   
    Transferred from Historic Claims MYA 28,763 Historic Claims Resolution 28,763 42,471

Total changes in appropriations

28,763

 

-

 

28,763

42,471

Explanations of the reasons for changing the appropriation structure are noted in the details of each appropriation in Parts 2-4.

Part 2 - Details of Departmental Appropriations

2.1 - Departmental Output Expenses

Administration of Service Cards (M63)

Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to assessing entitlement for and issuing the Community Services Card, SuperGold Card and Veteran SuperGold Card, and providing information about the Community Service Card.
Expenses and Revenue
  2019/20 2020/21
Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 5,931 5,931 5,738
Revenue from the Crown 5,931 5,931 5,738
Revenue from Others - - -
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve financial assistance to low income New Zealanders and older people by the accurate and timely assessment and issuing of discount service cards.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

Performance measures and targets are subject to the impact of COVID-19.

Assessment of Performance 2019/20 2020/21
Final Budgeted
Standard
Estimated
Actual
Budget
Standard

The percentage of card entitlement assessments completed accurately will be no less than

95% 99% 95%

The percentage of card entitlement assessments completed within five working days will be no less than

90% 95% 90%
The following information is provided for context only
  2016/17 2017/18 2018/19
Number of cardholders:      
  • SuperGold cards
712,251 734,553 761,008
  • Veteran SuperGold cards (subset of the above)
5,805 5,197 4,797
  • Community Services cards
842,711 832,085 954,822
Number of cards issued per annum:      
  • SuperGold cards
248,413 254,197 267429
  • Veteran SuperGold cards (subset of the above)
1,551 3,349 1,354
  • Community Services cards
785,317 777,534 841,510
Number of SuperGold cardholders who also hold a Community Services card 295,516 294,415 319,775

The Ministry has commenced consultation on a new learning and continuous improvement operating model. This review focuses on how quality could be observed in future with less focus on retrospective checking, shifting towards increased observational coaching, real-time assessment and an end-to-end view of a client's engagement with the Ministry. As changes are made, the Ministry will look to develop measures that reflect the quality of client experience more fully than the current accuracy and timeliness measures.

End of Year Performance Reporting

Performance information for this appropriation will be reported by the Ministry of Social Development in the Ministry of Social Development Annual Report.

Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation has decreased by $193,000 to $5.738 million for 2020/21. This is mainly due to one-off increase of $200,000 to meet changes in cost drivers in 2019/20 resulting in a decrease in funding in 2020/21.

Corporate Support Services (M63)

Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to the provision of corporate support services to other agencies.
Expenses and Revenue
  2019/20 2020/21
Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 67,519 67,519 67,519
Revenue from the Crown - - -
Revenue from Others 67,519 67,519 67,519
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve quality and efficient corporate support services.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

An exemption was granted under s.15D(1) of the PFA, as this appropriation relates exclusively to outputs supplied by the Ministry of Social Development to one or more other departments.

The following information is provided for context only

The Ministry provides a range of purchased and transitional services to Oranga Tamariki, the Social Investment Agency, the Ministry for Housing and Urban Development, and Office of the Children's Commission. Services provided vary by agency and can include services such as Information Technology, Finance, Human Resources, Property and Facilities, and Information Privacy and Security.

The majority of services are provided to Oranga Tamariki. Over the next 12 months the Ministry expects there to be significant changes towards the reduction of the provision of shared services as a result of the joint decisions of the Ministry and Oranga Tamariki Chief Executives on the recommendations of the Shared Services Review.

Data, Analytics and Evidence Services (M63)

Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to providing data, analytics and evidence services to better inform government decision-making.
Expenses and Revenue
  2019/20 2020/21
Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 36,940 36,940 31,828
Revenue from the Crown 36,940 36,940 31,828
Revenue from Others - - -
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to improve the design and delivery of policy and services through more effective use of data and analytics. This includes public reporting of research, evaluation and performance information and data.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

Performance measures and targets are subject to the impact of COVID-19.

Assessment of Performance 2019/20 2020/21
Final Budgeted
Standard
Estimated
Actual
Budget
Standard

The percentage of products and services provided that consistently reflect the Quality Framework principles (see Note 1) will be no less than

80% 90% 90%

The percentage of stakeholders surveyed that responded that they "agree" or "strongly agree" that the product(s) they received enabled them to make better decisions will be no less than (see Note 2)

80% 80% 80%

Average forecast variances for Vote Social Development - (Benefits or Related Expenses) BoRES in the 12 months to June are within the range of

New measure New measure +/-2%

Note 1 - The Quality Framework principles are: well commissioned, methodologically sound, client focused, builds knowledge and capability, and ethical.

Note 2 - Internal and external stakeholders are surveyed every quarter using pulse-check survey results.

The following information is provided for context only
  2016/17 2017/18 2018/19
Number of key publication documents on the Ministry's external website (see Note 1) 36 15
(see Note 2)
36
Number of key publication documents views/downloads from the Minister's external website (see Note 1) 12,869 14,648 16,151
Volume of data requests 1,580 1,596 1,550

Note 1 - This is limited to key publications funded by this appropriation and found within the Statistics, Research and Evaluation Reports pages located within the Publications Resources content on the Ministry's external website. This consists of:

  • official government statistics which the Ministry is obligated to publish both to the Minister and on the Ministry's external website
  • research reports about research the Ministry's Research and Evaluation team have conducted, and
  • evaluation reports which evaluate the effectiveness of the Ministry's services.

Note 2 - There are three main reasons why the number of key publication documents produced in 2017/18 reduced from the previous year: responsibility for reporting some of these reports was passed to Oranga Tamariki, some reports are no longer funded within this appropriation or have been merged into other existing reports, and some reports are no longer produced on a quarterly basis, therefore significantly reducing the number of publications.

End of Year Performance Reporting

Performance information for this appropriation will be reported by the Ministry of Social Development in the Ministry of Social Development Annual Report.

Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2019/20
Final Budgeted
$000
2020/21
Budget
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000
2023/24
Estimated
$000

Current Government

           
Community Services: Improving Access to Support Services for Communities in Regional New Zealand 2021/22 - - 50 50 50
Financial Appropriations for Drawdown from the Consolidated Homelessness Contingency 2020/21 - 140 160 100 -
Disabled People and People with Health Conditions - Improving Employment and Wider Wellbeing Outcomes 2019/20 460 460 - - -
Kickstart and Kidscan - Continuing to Improve Child Wellbeing 2019/20 105 - - - -
Mana in Mahi - Employment Programme to Support Successful Transition into Sustainable Work 2019/20 60 180 140 70 70
Ministry of Social Development - Loss of Economies of Scale and other Inflationary Pressures 2019/20 234 258 153 164 164
Ministry of Social Development - Remuneration Cost Pressures 2019/20 336 671 671 671 671
Request for Drawdown from Contingency: Family Violence Prevention 2019/20 100 250 250 150 150
Sexual Violence Services - Developing Kaupapa Maori Services for Victims/Survivors, Perpetrators and their Whanau 2019/20 100 100 100 100 100
Sexual Violence Services - Improving the Wellbeing of Male Victims/Survivors through Peer Support Services 2019/20 50 50 50 50 50
Sexual Violence Services - Increasing Access to Crisis Support Services for Victims/Survivors 2019/20 50 50 50 50 50
Sexual Violence Services - Support for Victims/Survivors of Sexual Violence Going through the Criminal Justice System 2019/20 50 50 50 50 50
Sexual Violence Services - Support Services for Adults Experiencing Concerning Sexual Ideation 2019/20 50 50 50 50 50
Sexual Violence Services - Support Services for Non-Mandated Adults with Harmful Sexual Behaviours 2019/20 50 50 50 50 50
Supporting Evidence-Based Policy on Child Wellbeing by Continuing the Growing Up in New Zealand (GUiNZ) Study 2019/20 6,642 7,455 2,999 - -
Family Violence Services Delivery - Stabilising and Strengthening 2018/19 120 300 220 220 220
Limited Service Volunteer Programme Expansion 2018/19 30 - - - -
Housing First - Expansion into New Cities and Regions 2018/19 300 300 250 250 250
Ministry of Housing and Urban Development: Initial Establishment 2018/19 (300) (300) (250) (250) (250)
Remuneration Cost Pressures for the Ministry of Social Development 2018/19 183 183 183 183 183

Previous Government

           
Modernising Frontline Tools (End User Compute) Business Case Request for Draw Down 2017/18 116 130 132 132 132
Ministry of Social Development - Maintaining Services 2017/18 89 88 88 88 88
Vote Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki appropriation structure and changes to Vote Social Development 2016/17 (2,855) (2,855) (2,855) (2,855) (2,855)
Data and Analytics Contingency - Tranche Two Investment Proposals 2016/17 1,405 - - - -
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation has decreased by $5.112 million to $31.828 million for 2020/21. This is mainly due to:

  • a reduction of $2.200 million due to a one-off increase in 2019/20 to meet changes in cost drivers
  • a reduction of $1.549 million due to an expense transfer from 2018/19 to 2019/20 relation to research and evaluation projects at the Ministry of Social Development
  • a reduction of $1.405 million to align the funding to provide a reusable cloud-based infrastructure to deploy analytics to the front line relating to benefit debt, and
  • a reduction of $600,000 due to a transfer from 2018/19 to 2019/20 for the Analytics to the Frontline Programme.

This is offset by:

  • an increase of $391,000 to continue the Growing Up in NZ Study on child wellbeing.

Enhancement and Promotion of SuperGold Cards (M61)

Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to promoting, enhancing and delivering information about the SuperGold and Veteran SuperGold cards, and enlisting businesses to provide discounts to SuperGold cardholders.
Expenses and Revenue
  2019/20 2020/21
Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 3,180 3,180 1,700
Revenue from the Crown 3,180 3,180 1,700
Revenue from Others - - -
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to recognise the valued contribution of older New Zealanders by providing easy access to discounted products and services, and information about the use of the cards.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

Performance measures and targets are subject to the impact of COVID-19.

Assessment of Performance 2019/20 2020/21
Final Budgeted
Standard
Estimated
Actual
Budget
Standard

The number of new businesses joining the SuperGold card programme will be no less than

250 500 250
The following information is provided for context only
  2016/17 2017/18 2018/19
Number of providers offering concessions/discounts on SuperGold cards 8,583 9,213 9,630
Number of visits to SuperGold card website 1,088,974 1,384,758 1,511,984
Number of searches on the SuperGold Business Directory 286,361 339,174 364,476

The Ministry is further developing the SuperGold card website and app alongside a reporting dashboard.

End of Year Performance Reporting

Performance information for this appropriation will be reported by the Ministry of Social Development in the Ministry of Social Development Annual Report.

Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2019/20
Final Budgeted
$000
2020/21
Budget
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000
2023/24
Estimated
$000

Current Government

           
SuperGold Card - Improving Financial Wellbeing through Better Access to Discounts and Concessions 2019/20 3,040 1,560 1,560 1,560 1,560
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation has decreased by $1.480 million to $1.700 million for 2020/21 due to a decrease in funding for improved access to SuperGold Card information, discounts and concessions.

Establishment of Independent Monitor of the Oranga Tamariki System (M63)

Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to establishing an independent monitor and assurance function to provide oversight of the Oranga Tamariki system.
Expenses and Revenue
  2019/20 2020/21
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 5,660 5,660 5,660
Revenue from the Crown 5,660 5,660 5,660
Revenue from Others - - -
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve the establishment of a strengthened independent monitoring and assurance function to support objective assessment of the quality and extent of compliance with, and delivery of, the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989 and related regulations and standards.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

Performance measures and targets are subject to the impact of COVID-19.

Performance will be assessed through timely delivery of a report to the Minister for Social Development and other key Ministers, including the Minister of Maori Development and the Minister for Whanau Ora, on progress with the establishment of the monitoring function by the end of the financial year.

The following information is provided for context only

The establishment of this function includes:

  • establishing an initial assessment framework and Memoranda of Understanding with the agencies with care and custody of children in their own right
  • establishing an assessment and monitoring framework
  • designing and implementing an operating model
  • establishing corporate services support
  • establishing Memoranda of Understanding and information sharing arrangements
  • working with Te Puni Kokiri and Te Arawhiti, in line with the Maori Crown Relations Engagement Framework and guidelines to ensure appropriate Maori and iwi engagement during the establishment of the monitoring function, and to support improvement of the Ministry's Te Ao Maori capability
  • engaging with the NGO and wider children's sector on the establishment of the monitoring function, and
  • the Ministry and relevant agencies, including Oranga Tamariki, the Ombudsman, the Office of the Children's Commission and the State Services Commission working together to effectively progress the establishment of the monitoring function.
End of Year Performance Reporting

Performance information for this appropriation will be reported by the Ministry of Social Development in the Ministry of Social Development Annual Report.

Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2019/20
Final Budgeted
$000
2020/21
Budget
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000
2023/24
Estimated
$000

Current Government

           
State Care for Children and Young People - Improving Outcomes through Independent Monitoring 2019/20 5,660 5,660 - - -

Historic Claims Resolution (M63)

Scope of Appropriation and Expenses
Type, Title, Scope and Period of Appropriations Appropriations, Adjustments and Use $000

Historic Claims Resolution (M63)

This appropriation is limited to resolving claims of people who report experiencing abuse or neglect prior to 1 April 2017 while in the care, custody, guardianship, or came to the notice, of the state (but are not currently under the sole guardianship of the state), including assisting and responding to reviews and inquiries of the historic child welfare system and the redress and rehabilitation process.

Commences: 01 July 2020

Expires: 30 June 2024
Original Appropriation 76,439
Adjustments to 2018/19 -
Adjustments for 2019/20 -
Adjusted Appropriation 76,439
Actual to 2018/19 Year End -
Estimated Actual for 2019/20 -
Estimate for 2020/21 42,471
Estimated Appropriation Remaining 33,968
Revenue
  Budget
$000
Revenue from the Crown to end of 2020/21 42,471
Revenue from Others to end of 2020/21 -
Total Revenue 42,471
Comparators for Restructured Appropriation
Vote, Type and Title of Appropriation 2019/20 2020/21
Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Vote Social Development: Historic Claims MYA 28,763 28,763  
Total 28,763 28,763 42,471
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to provide a redress process to people who believe they were harmed while in the care, custody, guardianship or oversight of the State, as well as responding to the Royal Commission of Inquiry on the redress and rehabilitation processes and the historic child welfare system.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

Performance measures and targets are subject to the impact of COVID-19.

Assessment of Performance 2019/20 2020/21
Final Budgeted
Standard
Estimated
Actual
Budget
Standard

The number of assessments completed (see Note 1) will be no less than

450 450 700

The average time taken to resolve a claim will continue to reduce (see Note 2), taking no more than

3.5 years by 30 June 2022 3.5 years by 30 June 2022 3.5 years by 30 June 2022

Percentage of personal information requests completed within 90 days

75% 75% 75%

The percentage of claimants who report they agree or strongly agree that they felt respected in their interaction with Historic Claims, should be no less than (see Note 3)

New measure New measure 80%

Note 1 - The Ministry estimates a total of 1,864 assessments will be completed and approved over the three years of the appropriation, to 30 June 2022. The Ministry will update the budget standard each financial year. This measure counts each assessment, so that if a claimant has both a claims assessment and a detailed assessment, this will be counted as two assessments to represent the volume and workflow.

Note 2 - The average length of waiting time for a claimant from the end to end process is reported as being close to four years, and the Ministry expects to reduce this average to taking no more than 3.5 years by the end of the financial year 2021/22. There are dependencies that relate to increased volume of claims, staff availability, and where the claimant choses to delay the process. When this measure is calculated the Ministry will exclude those claims that are on-hold because of the claimants' choice not to proceed at that time.

Note 3 - Feedback will be sought at different points through the claims process following direct engagement with the claimant. The Ministry is committed to continuous improvement for claimants, and this feedback is a critical component to achieving this. Feedback will be online and so dependent on connectivity. The Ministry will exclude claimants who the Ministry know are unable to access online services (including prisoners because their internet access is restricted). The Ministry will also exclude those for whom the Ministry has no direct contact (eg, represented claimants) as the Ministry is measuring the quality of direct interaction.

The following information is provided for context only
  2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18 2018/19
Number of claims received (see Note 1) 193 253 316 311 360 578 766
Number of claims closed (see Note 2) 106 115 162 467 398 177 103
Current Backlog - claims in our process (see Note 3) 790 928 1,082 926 888 1,289 1,955

Note 1 - This is financial year data where previously the Ministry reported calendar year, so numbers may appear different than those previously reported.

Note 2 - The number of claims closed includes where payment was made, or no payment was made, or the claim did not progress.

Note 3 - A one-off fast track process was implemented on 708 existing claims between 2015 to early 2017 resulting in a higher number of claims being resolved, and a reduction in backlog.

End of Year Performance Reporting

Performance information for this appropriation will be reported by the Ministry of Social Development in the Ministry of Social Development Annual Report.

Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2019/20
Final Budgeted
$000
2020/21
Budget
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000
2023/24
Estimated
$000

Current Government

           
Historical Abuse while in State Care - Resolving Claims 2019/20 27,311 32,471 33,968 - -
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This a new appropriation to replace the pre-existing appropriation Historic Claims. The new appropriation has been established to allow for the resolving of claims of people under 18 years of age.

Income Support and Assistance to Seniors (M63)

Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to processing and administering New Zealand Superannuation payments, social security entitlements and international social security agreements to older persons, providing advice to older persons, and assessing financial entitlement to residential subsidies.
Expenses and Revenue
  2019/20 2020/21
Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 59,540 59,540 60,077
Revenue from the Crown 59,540 59,540 60,077
Revenue from Others - - -
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve the accurate and timely assessment and payment of entitlements to older people.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

Performance measures and targets are subject to the impact of COVID-19.

Assessment of Performance 2019/20 2020/21
Final Budgeted
Standard
Estimated
Actual
Budget
Standard

The percentage of entitlement assessments for payment of entitlements to older people completed accurately will be no less than

95% 95% 95%

The percentage of entitlement assessments for payment of entitlements to older people finalised within standard timeframes (see Note 1) will be no less than

90% 83% 90%

Note 1 - Standard timeframes are: six working days for New Zealand Superannuation (NZS) and Emergency Benefit, 20 working days for NZS entitlement assessments, and 20 working days for Residential Subsidy entitlement assessments.

The following information is provided for context only
  2016/17 2017/18 2018/19
Number of NZS applications processed      
  • Qualified
56,635 54,692 59,340
  • Non-qualified
5,030 4,843 4,776
Percentage of applications that were made online 31.1% 38.8% 39.8%
Percentage of timely assessments finalised (STS) 86.1% 83.1% 76.5%
Volume of NZS clients 729,445 752,767 781,438

The Ministry has commenced consultation on a new learning and continuous improvement operating model. This review focuses on how quality could be observed in future with less focus on retrospective checking, shifting towards increased observational coaching, real-time assessment and an end-to-end view of a client's engagement with the Ministry. As changes are made, the Ministry will look to develop measures that reflect the quality of client experience more fully than the current accuracy and timeliness measures.

End of Year Performance Reporting

Performance information for this appropriation will be reported by the Ministry of Social Development in the Ministry of Social Development Annual Report.

Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2019/20
Final Budgeted
$000
2020/21
Budget
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000
2023/24
Estimated
$000

Current Government

           
Completing Interior Security Fit-Out Programme for The Safety of Clients and Staff 2020/21 - 601 601 601 601
First Draw-down from the 'Reducing Risk in Critical Systems and Implementing Legislative Change" Contingencies 2019/20 99 345 428 428 428
Drawdown of Contingency for Improving the Resilience of Work and Income Critical Systems 2019/20 313 246 246 246 246
Ministry of Social Development - Increasing Case Management at the Frontline 2019/20 1,941 2,665 2,421 2,364 2,364
Ministry of Social Development - Loss of Economies of Scale and other Inflationary Pressures 2019/20 1,568 1,730 1,023 1,101 1,101
Ministry of Social Development - Safety and Security for clients and staff with continued Security Guard presence 2019/20 829 798 374 393 393
Ministry of Social Development - Remuneration Cost Pressures 2019/20 2,554 4,536 4,536 4,536 4,536
Superannuation and Veteran's Pension - Modernising and Simplifying 2019/20 1,927 - - - -
Contingency Draw Down for MSD Availability Project and Update on MSD Resiliency Project 2018/19 250 250 250 250 250
Remuneration Cost Pressures for the Ministry of Social Development 2018/19 523 523 523 523 523
Update on availability and Resilience projects and request to Joint Ministers for a drawdown of Budget 18 Contingency funding for the Resilience project 2018/19 967 967 967 967 967

Previous Government

           
Availability and Resilience Detailed Business Case and Request for Draw Down 2017/18 824 824 824 824 824
Modernising Frontline Tools (End User Compute) Business Case and Request for Draw Down 2017/18 435 484 493 493 493
Ministry of Social Development - Maintaining Services 2017/18 377 374 374 374 374
Ensuring the Safety of Our Employees 2016/17 70 70 70 70 70
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

The appropriation has increased by $537,000 to $60.077 million for 2020/21. This is mainly due to:

  • an increase of $1.982 million for Ministry of Social Development remuneration cost pressures
  • an increase of $724,000 to provide support into employment for MSD clients by restoring employment-focused case management
  • an increase of $601,000 to enable the completion of the interior security fit-out for the safety of clients and staff
  • an increase of $246,000 to reduce the risk in critical systems and implementing legislative change
  • an increase of $162,000 to maintain MSD's services by addressing inflationary and demand cost pressures

This is offset by:

  • a reduction of $1.927 million for modernising and simplifying Superannuation and Veteran's Pension which finished in 2019/20
  • a reduction of $1.200 million due to a one-off increase in 2019/20 to meet changes in cost drivers.

Independent Monitoring and Assurance of the Oranga Tamariki System (M63)

Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to independent monitoring of compliance with, and delivery of, the Oranga Tamariki Act and related regulations and standards.
Expenses and Revenue
  2019/20 2020/21
Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 999 999 4,677
Revenue from the Crown 999 999 4,677
Revenue from Others - - -
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve a strengthened independent monitoring and assurance function to provide oversight of the Oranga Tamariki system.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

Performance measures and targets are subject to the impact of COVID-19.

Reports on the monitor's findings in relation to compliance with the Oranga Tamariki (National Care Standards (NCS) and Related Matters) Regulations will be provided to the Minister for Children within a timeline agreed with the Minister.

The following information is provided for context only

An initial assessment framework (IAF) was created for the monitoring of Regulations 69 and 85 of the Oranga Tamariki (National Care Standards and Related Matters) Regulations from 1 July 2019. In addition, Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) were signed with the agencies with care and custody of children in their own right who are the subject of this monitoring.

From December 2020, the Monitor will be monitoring compliance with all the NCS Regulations. It will have established a full monitoring assessment framework, amended any relevant MoUs with agencies and have a resourced operating function by this point to enable it to be fully operational.

The IAF provides three reports from the Monitor in its first 18 months of operation. These are due:

  • December 2019
  • June 2020
  • December 2020.
End of Year Performance Reporting

Performance information for this appropriation will be reported by the Ministry of Social Development in the Ministry of Social Development Annual Report.

Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2019/20
Final Budgeted
$000
2020/21
Budget
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000
2023/24
Estimated
$000

Current Government

           
Establishing and Operating the Independent Children's Monitor 2021/22 - - 10,500 10,500 10,500
State Care for Children and Young People - Improving outcomes through Independent Monitoring 2019/20 999 4,677 - - -
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation has increased by $3.678 million to $4.677 million for 2020/21. This is due to increased funding for the independent monitoring of the state care system for children and young people initiative. This initiative commenced in 2019/20.

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

Scope of Appropriation
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.
Expenses and Revenue
  2019/20 2020/21
Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 52,981 52,981 53,112
Revenue from the Crown 52,981 52,981 53,112
Revenue from Others - - -
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve a welfare system that operates with fairness and integrity by ensuring that the right people receive the right entitlements and assistance, and identifies and resolves overpayments.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

Performance measures and targets are subject to the impact of COVID-19.

Assessment of Performance 2019/20 2020/21
Final Budgeted
Standard
Estimated
Actual
Budget
Standard

The percentage of cases of suspected fraud which are resolved through non-investigative intervention (see Note 1)

New measure New measure Baseline Target

The percentage of fraud cases (see Note 2) responded to through an Investigations process that result in an entitlement change will be no less than

55% 55-60% 55%

The percentage of non-current debt arrangements that remain in place for at least 60 days (see Note 3) will be no less than

66% 65-66% 66%

Note 1 - Non-investigative interventions are made up of:

  • Early Intervention - this involves a letter and/or a phone conversation around the client's entitlement, focusing on getting the entitlement correct, not establishing an overpayment.
  • Facilitation - this is a face to face conversation with the client talking about their situation, entitlements and obligations. This enables the client to self-assess whether they are receiving their correct entitlements, focusing on getting the entitlement correct, not establishing an overpayment.

Note 2 - The performance standard refers to the number of people that are subject to an investigation by specialist fraud staff. For example, one investigation can involve multiple people.

Note 3 - The Ministry works with clients to arrange a rate of repayment that they can sustain based on their income levels.

The following information is provided for context only
  2016/17 2017/18 2018/19
Number of Integrity Intervention cases (see Note 1) 206,594 208,689 211,175
Number of cases completed by Fraud Intervention Services 5,268 4,755 5,385
Number of non-current debtors (see Note 2) 201,931 206,913 203,619
Number of completed prosecutions (see Note 3) 453 291 127

Note 1 - The Ministry currently works with six other government agencies and most of the process is automated.

Note 2 - Non-current debtors are people who are no longer in receipt of a main benefit but still have an open debt with the Ministry that they need to repay.

Note 3 - The overall decline in prosecutions in recent years reflects, for the most part, an increased focus on prevention and early intervention. This is supported by the removal of specific prosecution targets for fraud investigators, new MSD approval processes for prosecutions, and the decline of income-related fraud detected through the information sharing programme with Inland Revenue (while initially this programme resulted in a significant number of prosecutions, over time numbers have decreased).

End of Year Performance Reporting

Performance information for this appropriation will be reported by the Ministry of Social Development in the Ministry of Social Development Annual Report.

Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2019/20
Final Budgeted
$000
2020/21
Budget
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000
2023/24
Estimated
$000

Current Government

           
Ministry of Social Development - Loss of Economies of Scale and other Inflationary Pressures 2019/20 1,133 1,250 739 795 795
Ministry of Social Development - Safety and Security for clients and staff with continued Security Guard presence 2019/20 806 776 364 383 383
Ministry of Social Development - Remuneration Cost Pressures 2019/20 1,845 3,277 3,277 3,277 3,277
Remuneration Cost Pressures for the Ministry of Social Development 2018/19 689 689 689 689 689

Previous Government

           
Modernising Frontline Tools (End User Compute) Business Case and Request for Draw Down 2017/18 583 649 660 660 660
Ministry of Social Development - Maintaining Services 2017/18 507 502 502 502 502
Ensuring the Safety of Our Employees 2016/17 79 79 79 79 79

Management of Student Loans (M57)

Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to assessing, administering, processing and reviewing entitlements for Student Loan payments and providing guidance to students making financial and study decisions.
Expenses and Revenue
  2019/20 2020/21
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 18,668 18,668 19,673
Revenue from the Crown 18,668 18,668 19,673
Revenue from Others - - -
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve reduced financial barriers to tertiary study by providing accurate and timely assessment and payment of student loans.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

Performance measures and targets are subject to the impact of COVID-19.

  2019/20 2020/21
Assessment of Performance Final Budgeted
Standard
Estimated
Actual
Budget
Standard

The percentage of entitlement assessments for a student loan completed accurately (see Note 1) will be no less than

95% 100% 95%

The percentage of initial entitlement assessments for a student loan completed within five working days (see Note 2) will be no less than

95% 100% 95%

Note 1 - This refers to the assessment which advised the student of a finalised outcome on the application (whether it was approved or declined).

Note 2 - The initial entitlement assessment is the first assessment to occur on the application, it does not include any subsequent action required, eg, where a student has provided incorrect or incomplete information and is required to correct this. Timeliness is counted from the date the application is received to the date the application is first assessed.

The following information is provided for context only
  2016/17 2017/18 2018/19
Volume of applications received 220,374 208,932 198,017
Number of student loan borrowers the Ministry has made payments to (calendar year) 2016: 176,938 2017: 170,037 2018: 154,608

The Ministry has commenced consultation on a new learning and continuous improvement operating model. This review focuses on how quality could be observed in future with less focus on retrospective checking, shifting towards increased observational coaching, real-time assessment and an end-to-end view of a client's engagement with the Ministry. As changes are made, the Ministry will look to develop measures that reflect the quality of client experience more fully than the current accuracy and timeliness measures.

End of Year Performance Reporting

Performance information for this appropriation will be reported by the Ministry of Social Development in the Ministry of Social Development Annual Report.

Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2019/20
Final Budgeted
$000
2020/21
Budget
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000
2023/24
Estimated
$000

Current Government

           
Completing Interior Security Fit-Out Programme for The Safety of Clients and Staff 2020/21 - 197 197 197 197
Drawdown of Contingency for Improving the Resilience of Work and Income Critical Systems 2019/20 111 87 87 87 87
Ministry of Social Development - Loss of Economics of Scale and other Inflationary Pressures 2019/20 448 495 293 315 315
Ministry of Social Development - Remuneration cost pressures 2019/20 731 1,297 1,297 1,297 1,297
Contingency Draw Down for Availability Project and Update on Resilience Project 2018/19 102 103 103 103 103
Funding Education Initiatives Using Headroom and Underspends in Vote Tertiary Education 2018/19 383 383 383 383 383
Remuneration Cost Pressures for the Ministry of Social Development 2018/19 228 228 228 228 228
Update on availability and Resilience projects and request to Joint Ministers for a drawdown of Budget 18 Contingency funding for the Resilience project 2018/19 344 344 344 344 344
Final Financial Implications for the '100 days' Tertiary Education Commitments 2017/18 803 803 803 803 803

Previous Government

           
Availability and Resilience Detailed Business Case and Request for Draw Down 2017/18 338 338 338 338 338
Ministry of Social Development - Maintaining Services 2017/18 157 155 155 155 155
Modernising Frontline Tools (End User Compute) Business Case Request for Draw Down 2017/18 178 198 202 202 202
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation has increased by $1.005 million to $19.673 million for 2020/21. This is mainly due to:

  • an increase of $566,000 for remuneration cost pressures
  • an increase of $200,000 due to a one-off decrease in 2019/20 to meet changes in cost drivers
  • an increase of $197,000 to enable the completion of the interior security fit-out for the safety of clients and staff
  • an increase of $47,000 to maintain the Ministry of Social Development's services by addressing inflationary and demand cost pressures.

Management of Student Support (M63)

Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to managing non-recoverable financial support to students, involving assessing, administering and processing Student Allowance payments and other income support to eligible secondary and tertiary students.
Expenses and Revenue
  2019/20 2020/21
Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 18,783 18,783 19,790
Revenue from the Crown 18,783 18,783 19,790
Revenue from Others - - -
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve reduced financial barriers to tertiary study by providing accurate and timely assessment and payment of non-recoverable financial support for students.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

Performance measures and targets are subject to the impact of COVID-19.

Assessment of Performance 2019/20 2020/21
Final Budgeted
Standard
Estimated
Actual
Budget
Standard

The percentage of entitlement assessments for a Student Allowance completed accurately (see Note 1) will be no less than

95% 100% 95%

The percentage of initial entitlement assessments for a Student Allowance completed within five working days (see Note 2) will be no less than

95% 100% 95%

Note 1 - This refers to the assessment which advised the student of a finalised outcome of the application (whether it was approved or declined).

Note 2 - The initial entitlement assessment is the first assessment to occur on the application, it does not include any subsequent action required, eg, where a student has provided incorrect or incomplete information and is required to correct this. Timeliness is counted from the date the application is received to the date the application is first assessed.

The following information is provided for context only
  2016/17 2017/18 2018/19
Volume of applications processed 118,204 114,982 113,146
Number of students the Ministry has made allowance payments to (calendar year) 2016: 71,028 2017: 65,352 2018: 64,728

The Ministry has commenced consultation on a new learning and continuous improvement operating model. This review focuses on how quality could be observed in future with less focus on retrospective checking, shifting towards increased observational coaching, real-time assessment and an end-to-end view of a client's engagement with the Ministry. As changes are made, the Ministry will look to develop measures that reflect the quality of client experience more fully than the current accuracy and timeliness measures.

End of Year Performance Reporting

Performance information for this appropriation will be reported by the Ministry of Social Development in the Ministry of Social Development Annual Report.

Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2019/20
Final Budgeted
$000
2020/21
Budget
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000
2023/24
Estimated
$000

Current Government

           
Completing Interior Security Fit-Out Programme for The Safety of Clients and Staff 2020/21 - 198 198 198 198
Drawdown of Contingency for Improving the Resilience of Work and Income Critical Systems 2019/20 115 90 90 90 90
Ministry of Social Development - Loss of Economics of Scale and other Inflationary Pressures 2019/20 449 495 293 315 315
Ministry of Social Development - Remuneration cost pressures 2019/20 731 1,298 1,298 1,298 1,298
Contingency Draw Down for Availability Project and Update on Resilience Project 2018/19 111 111 111 111 111
Remuneration Cost Pressures for the Ministry of Social Development 2018/19 234 234 234 234 234

Previous Government

           
Availability and Resilience Detailed Business Case and Request for Draw Down 2017/18 365 365 365 365 365
Ministry of Social Development - Maintaining Services 2017/18 169 168 168 168 168
Modernising Frontline Tools (End User Compute) Business Case Request for Draw Down 2017/18 193 215 218 218 218
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation has increased by $1.007 million to $19.790 million for 2020/21. This is mainly due to:

  • an increase of $567,000 for remuneration cost pressures
  • an increase of $200,000 due to a one-off decrease in 2019/20 to meet changes in cost drivers
  • an increase of $198,000 to enable the completion of the interior security fit-out programme for the safety of clients and staff
  • an increase of $46,000 to maintain MSD's services by addressing inflationary and demand cost pressures.

Place-Based Initiatives - South Auckland Social Wellbeing Board (M63)

Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to the delivery of services by and operational support of the South Auckland Social Wellbeing Board.
Expenses and Revenue
  2019/20 2020/21
Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 2,940 2,940 1,700
Revenue from the Crown 2,940 2,940 1,700
Revenue from Others - - -
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve the successful implementation and functioning of place-based initiatives to improve outcomes for at-risk children, young people and their families.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

Performance measures and targets are subject to the impact of COVID-19.

Performance expectations will be achieved thorough the implementation of the measures of success based on the framework established by the independent Place-based Initiatives evaluation.

The following information is provided for context only

The South Auckland Social Wellbeing Board (SASWB) applies a whanau-centred early support and prevention approach to improving long-term outcomes for children and their families, focusing on five prototype areas: family harm (incorporating the local Whangaia Nga Pa Harakeke model); housing support to reduce transiency and increase social connection; the Start Well initiative, providing intensive home visiting in the early years; early childhood settings to support improved child and whanau outcomes; and more responsive mental health and alcohol/drug support. The SASWB's approach is based on embedding a collaborative way of working in South Auckland, and drawing evidence, insights and cross-cutting themes from the prototypes to: influence core business improvements, inform system change, and break down organisational barriers and silos.

End of Year Performance Reporting

Performance information for this appropriation will be reported by the Ministry of Social Development in the Ministry of Social Development Annual Report.

Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2019/20
Final Budgeted
$000
2020/21
Budget
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000
2023/24
Estimated
$000

Current Government

           
Early Years Violence Prevention Sites - Second Drawdown 2019/20 790 1,700 - - -
Place-Based Initiatives: Progress, Future Direction and Resourcing 2018/19 2,150 - - - -
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation has decreased by $1.240 million to $1.700 million for 2020/21. This is due to a reduction of $2.150 million to provide operational support to the South Auckland Social Wellbeing Board.

This is offset by an increase of $910,000 for early years violence prevention drawdown.

Place-based Initiatives - Tairawhiti Local Leadership (M63)

Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to the provision of operational support for the place-based approach being led by the Tairawhiti Social Impact Collective.
Expenses and Revenue
  2019/20 2020/21
Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 1,969 1,969 953
Revenue from the Crown 1,969 1,969 953
Revenue from Others - - -
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve a new way of working together in Tairawhiti in order to achieve an improvement in the outcomes of at-risk children, young people and their families.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

Performance measures and targets are subject to the impact of COVID-19.

Performance expectations will be achieved thorough the implementation of the measures of success based on the framework established by the independent Place-based Initiatives evaluation.

The following information is provided for context only

Manaaki Tairawhiti provides local leadership that transforms the lives of whanau through the delivery of responsive social services. Through the dual approaches of service delivery and system improvement, Manaaki Tairawhiti both delivers direct services and builds the effectiveness of local agencies to respond to the needs of whanau. Manaaki Tairawhiti decisions are informed by local data and evidence that is gathered at the initiative's operational hub.

End of Year Performance Reporting

Performance information for this appropriation will be reported by the Ministry of Social Development in the Ministry of Social Development Annual Report.

Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2019/20
Final Budgeted
$000
2020/21
Budget
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000
2023/24
Estimated
$000

Current Government

           
Early Years Violence Prevention Sites - Second Drawdown 2019/20 953 953 - - -
Place-Based Initiatives: Progress, Future Direction and Resourcing 2018/19 1,016 - - - -
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation has decreased by $1.016 million to $953,000 for 2020/21 due to funding to provide operational support to Manaaki Tairawhiti finishing in 2019/20.

Planning, Correspondence and Monitoring (M63)

Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to providing planning, reporting and monitoring advice (other than policy decision-making advice) on Crown entities, statutory appointment advice on Crown entities and statutory tribunals, and correspondence services to support Ministers to discharge their portfolio responsibilities.
Expenses and Revenue
  2019/20 2020/21
Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 7,244 7,244 6,278
Revenue from the Crown 7,244 7,244 6,278
Revenue from Others - - -
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve effective and efficient ministerial, advisory and administrative services to support Ministers to discharge their portfolio responsibilities.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

Performance measures and targets are subject to the impact of COVID-19.

Assessment of Performance 2019/20 2020/21
Final Budgeted
Standard
Estimated
Actual
Budget
Standard
Crown Entity Monitoring      

The percentage of reports provided to responsible Ministers within agreed timeframes in relation to either the accountability of Crown entities or appointments to Crown entities and/or statutory tribunals will be no less than

100% 100% 100%
Ministerial and Executive Services      

The percentage of draft written parliamentary questions, ministerial correspondence, and Official Information Act replies provided to Ministers which meet the agreed quality and timeliness standards (see Note 1) will be no less than

95% 95% 95%

Note 1 - The quality standard is that a draft provided for the Minister's signature is factually accurate, meets any legislative requirements and contains no avoidable errors. Agreed timeframes are:

  • Ministerial correspondence replies completed within 20 working days of receipt by the Ministry, unless otherwise agreed.
  • Parliamentary questions responses provided to the Minister's Office so that answers can meet the timeframe set in Parliamentary Standing Orders.
  • Ministerial Official Information Act request replies completed five days prior to the statutory time limit, unless otherwise agreed.
The following information is provided for context only
  2016/17 2017/18 2018/19

Crown Entity Monitoring

     
Number of Crown entities monitored 4 4 3
Number of Crown entity accountability documents assessed for monitoring purposes 28 28 21
Number of ministerial appointment processes supported 12 9 6

Ministerial and Executive Services

     

For Ministers:

     
Ministerial correspondence replies drafted 1,220 1,096 1,170
Written Parliamentary question replies 1,477 1,467 815
Official Information Act request replies 103 71 100
Number of information requests from Ministers' Offices completed 1,313 1,244 1,360

On behalf of MSD's Chief Executive:

     
Official Information Act request replies 511 462 566
Letters 1,042 1,151 1,054
End of Year Performance Reporting

Performance information for this appropriation will be reported by the Ministry of Social Development in the Ministry of Social Development Annual Report.

Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2019/20
Final Budgeted
$000
2020/21
Budget
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000
2023/24
Estimated
$000

Current Government

           
Ministry of Social Development - Loss of Economics of Scale and other Inflationary Pressures 2019/20 124 137 81 87 87
Ministry of Social Development - Remuneration Cost Pressures 2019/20 215 430 430 430 430
Remuneration Cost Pressures for the Ministry of Social Development 2018/19 63 63 63 63 63

Previous Government

           
Ministry of Social Development - Maintaining Services 2017/18 46 46 46 46 46
Modernising Frontline Tools (End User Compute) Business Case and Request for Draw Down 2017/18 53 59 60 60 60
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation has decreased by $966,000 to $6.278 million for 2020/21. This is mainly due to a one-off increase of $1.200 million to meet changes in cost drivers in 2019/20 resulting in a decrease in funding in 2020/21. This is offset by an increase of $215,000 for remuneration cost pressures.

Policy Advice (M63)

Scope of Appropriation
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 and related matters, including social sector issues.
Expenses and Revenue
  2019/20 2020/21
Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 16,335 16,335 15,051
Revenue from the Crown 16,335 16,335 15,051
Revenue from Others - - -
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve high quality policy advice to support decision-making.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

Performance measures and targets are subject to the impact of COVID-19.

Assessment of Performance 2019/20 2020/21
Final Budgeted
Standard
Estimated
Actual
Budget
Standard

The score for the Minister's satisfaction with the services provided by the policy function, based on the common Ministerial Policy Satisfaction Survey and on a five point scale, will be no less than

4 4 4

In relation to the quality of policy advice, the average score for policy papers assessed using the common Policy Quality Framework, on a five point scale, will be at least

3.75 3.75 3.75

In relation to the quality of policy advice, the distribution of scores for policy papers assessed using the common Policy Quality Framework:

     
  • Score 4 or higher
55% 55% 55%
  • Score 3 or higher
90% 90% 90%
  • Score 2.5 or lower
10% 10% 10%
The following information is provided for context only
  2016/17 2017/18 2018/19
Total number of Cabinet papers, briefings and aide-memoires provided by the Ministry 741 694 532
(see Note 1)

Note 1 - During this financial year a number of staff and a portion of our work transferred from the Ministry to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development.

End of Year Performance Reporting

Performance information for this appropriation will be reported by the Ministry of Social Development in the Ministry of Social Development Annual Report.

Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2019/20
Final Budgeted
$000
2020/21
Budget
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000
2023/24
Estimated
$000

Current Government

           
Ministry of Social Development - Loss of Economics of Scale and other Inflationary Pressures 2019/20 1,597 1,622 904 911 911
Ministry of Social Development - Remuneration Cost Pressures 2019/20 407 811 811 811 811
Ministry of Housing and Urban Development: Initial Establishment 2018/19 (1,809) (1,809) (1,809) (1,809) (1,809)
Remuneration Cost Pressures for the Ministry of Social Development 2018/19 198 198 198 198 198

Previous Government

           
Ministry of Social Development - Maintaining Services 2017/18 164 162 162 162 162
Modernising Frontline Tools (End User Compute) Business Case and Request for Draw Down 2017/18 169 188 191 191 191
Social Sector Leadership: Delivering Better Results 2017/18 (1,808) (1,808) (1,808) (1,808) (1,808)
Developing an Integrated Social Investment and Purchasing Model for Social Housing 2016/17 940 910 910 910 910
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation has decreased by $1.284 million to $15.051 million for 2020/21. This is mainly due to:

  • a reduction of $1.400 million due to a one-off increase in 2019/20 to meet changes in cost drivers, and
  • a reduction of $300,000 due to an expense transfer from 2018/19 to 2019/20 for the Welfare Expert Advisory Group.

The above is offset by:

  • an increase of $404,000 for remuneration cost pressures.

Processing of Veterans' Pensions (M75)

Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to the processing and administrative aspects of payment of Veterans' Pensions and related allowances.
Expenses and Revenue
  2019/20 2020/21
Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 734 734 684
Revenue from the Crown 734 734 684
Revenue from Others - - -
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve the accurate and timely assessment and payment of Veterans' Pensions and related allowances.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

Performance measures and targets are subject to the impact of COVID-19.

Assessment of Performance 2019/20 2020/21
Final Budgeted
Standard
Estimated
Actual
Budget
Standard

The percentage of Veterans' Pension entitlement assessments completed accurately will be no less than

95% 96% 95%

The percentage of Veterans' Pension entitlement assessments completed within timeframes (see Note 1) will be no less than

90% 95% 90%

Note 1 - Six working days for Veterans' Pension entitlement assessments for payment in New Zealand, and 20 working days for Veterans' Pension entitlement assessments for payment overseas.

The following information is provided for context only
  2016/17 2017/18 2018/19
Number of applications for Veterans' Pensions 205 210 260
Total Veterans' Pension clients 8,272 7,573 6,967

The Ministry has commenced consultation on a new learning and continuous improvement operating model. This review focuses on how quality could be observed in future with less focus on retrospective checking, shifting towards increased observational coaching, real-time assessment and an end-to-end view of a client's engagement with the Ministry. As changes are made, the Ministry will look to develop measures that reflect the quality of client experience more fully than the current accuracy and timeliness measures.

End of Year Performance Reporting

Performance information for this appropriation will be reported by the Ministry of Social Development in the Ministry of Social Development Annual Report.

Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2019/20
Final Budgeted
$000
2020/21
Budget
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000
2023/24
Estimated
$000

Current Government

           
Drawdown of Contingency for Improving the Resilience of Work and Income Critical Systems 2019/20 4 3 3 3 3
Contingency Draw Down for Availability Project and Update on Resilience Project 2018/19 3 3 3 3 3
Remuneration Cost Pressures for the Ministry of Social Development 2018/19 6 6 6 6 6
Update on availability and Resilience projects and request to Joint Ministers for a drawdown of Budget 18 Contingency funding for the Resilience project 2018/19 13 13 13 13 13

Previous Government

           
Availability and Resilience Detailed Business Case and Request for Draw Down 2017/18 10 10 10 10 10
Ministry of Social Development - Maintaining Services 2017/18 5 5 5 5 5
Modernising Frontline Tools (End User Compute) Business Case and Request for Draw Down 2017/18 5 6 6 6 6
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation has decreased by $50,000 to $684,000 for 2020/21. This is due to a one-off increase to meet changes in cost drivers in 2019/20 resulting in a decrease in 2020/21.

Promoting Positive Outcomes for Disabled People (M23)

Scope of Appropriation
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 and external agencies on disability matters.
Expenses and Revenue
  2019/20 2020/21
Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 6,909 6,909 7,198
Revenue from the Crown 5,659 5,659 5,998
Revenue from Others 1,250 1,250 1,200
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve the increased participation and contribution of disabled people by providing advice and support to the Minister for Disability Issues and external agencies, and by co-ordinating and monitoring against the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the New Zealand Disability Strategy and the Disability Action Plan.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

Performance measures and targets are subject to the impact of COVID-19.

Assessment of Performance 2019/20 2020/21
Final Budgeted
Standard
Estimated
Actual
Budget
Standard

The average satisfaction rating (see Note 1) received by the Office for Disability Issues from the following stakeholders for the quality of support it provides:

     
  • Disabled People's Organisations (DPOs) Coalition members (see Note 2)
7 7 7
  • The Minister for Disability Issues
7 7 7
  • Other stakeholders (see Note 3)
7 7 7

Note 1 - The satisfaction rating comes from an annual survey results and is based on a scale from 1 to 10, where 1 is considered poor quality, and 10 excellent quality.

Note 2 - DPOs are representative organisations of disabled people which are governed by disabled people. The Office for Disability Issues works closely with seven DPOs who make up the DPOs Coalition.

Note 3 - Other stakeholders include disabled people, DPOs (who are not part of the Coalition), non-government organisations, government agencies, and members of the public with an interest in disability.

The following information is provided for context only
  2018/19 2019/20
Number of queries/requests for advice processed from the Minister, other agencies, MSD, and the public 334 678

Key activities for 2020/21:

  • six monthly monitoring against the new Disability Action Plan (2019-2022)
  • tabling of the New Zealand report on performance against the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities at the United Nations; officials will need to travel to Geneva for a face-to-face examination on the report at the United Nations (now on hold, the NZ report has been sent to the UN but the face to face examination is delayed beyond 2020)
  • further development of performance measures for the New Zealand Disability Strategy in preparation for the development of a monitoring dashboard.
End of Year Performance Reporting

Performance information for this appropriation will be reported by the Ministry of Social Development in the Ministry of Social Development Annual Report.

Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2019/20
Final Budgeted
$000
2020/21
Budget
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000
2023/24
Estimated
$000

Current Government

           
Disabled People - Improving Wellbeing through Strategic Support and Advocacy 2019/20 1,620 1,620 1,620 1,620 1,620
Remuneration Cost Pressures for the Ministry of Social Development 2018/19 52 52 52 52 52
Representation at the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities 2018/19 130 65 - - -

Previous Government

           
Ministry of Social Development - Maintaining Services 2017/18 28 28 28 28 28
Modernising Frontline Tools (End User Compute) Business Case Request for Draw Down 2017/18 44 48 49 49 49
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation has increased by $289,000 to $7.198 million for 2020/21. This is mainly due to:

  • an increase of $400,000 due to a one-off decrease in 2019/20 to meet changes in cost drivers.

The above is offset by:

  • a reduction of $65,000 for representation at the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

Promoting Positive Outcomes for Seniors (M61)

Scope of Appropriation
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 issues, and ministerial services.
Expenses and Revenue
  2019/20 2020/21
Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 1,247 1,247 1,297
Revenue from the Crown 1,247 1,247 1,297
Revenue from Others - - -
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve positive outcomes for seniors through supporting their inclusion in a society where older people can age positively, are highly valued and recognised as an integral part of families and communities, and by supporting greater advocacy of their issues by Ministers.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

Performance measures and targets are subject to the impact of COVID-19.

  2019/20 2020/21
Assessment of Performance Final Budgeted
Standard
Estimated
Actual
Budget
Standard

The average service quality rating for support provided to the Minister for Seniors (see Note 1)

7 7 7

The percentage of stakeholders who report being 'satisfied' or 'very satisfied' with the level of engagement of the Office for Seniors (see Note 2) will be no less than

75% 75% 75%

By 30 June 2021 the Action Plan for Better Later Life He Oranga Kaumatua 2019 - 2034 will be finalised

New measure New measure Achieved

Note 1 - Every six months the Minister for Seniors and the Ministry's Office for Seniors discuss the quality of service provided to the Minister in the previous half-year and agree a service quality rating. These conversations are used to drive performance improvements in the following six months. These ratings are averaged across the financial year to produce the annual result. The scale is from 1-10, where 1 is considered poor quality and 10 excellent quality.

Note 2 - Stakeholders are selected and surveyed annually from the following groups: seniors, sector organisations, and central and local government. The survey uses a five point scale from 'very dissatisfied' to 'very satisfied'.

The following information is provided for context only
  2016/17 2017/18 2018/19
The number of people visiting the SuperSeniors website. 207,728 286,022 365,755
The number of people on the SuperSeniors newsletter mailing list. 241,266 299,866 339,232
Facebook page engagement/interaction. 9,243 11,917 15,174

The new strategy for New Zealand's ageing population, Better Later Life He Oranga Kaumatua 2019 - 2034, was launched in November 2019. There is a commitment to have the first action plan in place for the period 2021-2024. This will support the Ministry's Office for Seniors to achieve the vision of the strategy ensuring older New Zealanders can lead connected and fulfilled lives.

End of Year Performance Reporting

Performance information for this appropriation will be reported by the Ministry of Social Development in the Ministry of Social Development Annual Report.

Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2019/20
Final Budgeted
$000
2020/21
Budget
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000
2023/24
Estimated
$000

Current Government

           
Remuneration Cost Pressures for the Ministry of Social Development 2018/19 14 14 14 14 14

Previous Government

           
Ministry of Social Development - Maintaining Services 2017/18 11 10 10 10 10
Modernising Frontline Tools (End User Compute) Business Case and Request for Draw Down 2017/18 12 13 14 14 14
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation has increased by $50,000 to $1.297 million for 2020/21. This is due to increased funding of $150,000 funding for Digital Literacy Training for Seniors.

The above is offset by a reduction of $100,000 due to a one-off decrease in 2019/20 to meet changes in cost drivers.

Services to Support People to Access Accommodation (M37)

Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to assessing and reviewing eligibility for housing needs and income related rent, and managing the public housing register, and supporting the holistic needs of people and their families receiving housing-related case management support.
Expenses and Revenue
  2019/20 2020/21
Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 55,030 55,030 61,767
Revenue from the Crown 55,030 55,030 61,767
Revenue from Others - - -
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve accurate and efficient operation of the Public Housing Register so that more people who are eligible for public housing have their housing needs met, and those who are capable of housing independence move closer towards that.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

Performance measures and targets are subject to the impact of COVID-19.

Assessment of Performance 2019/20 2020/21
Final Budgeted
Standard
Estimated
Actual
Budget
Standard

The percentage of Income-Related Rent assessments (for tenants with verified income) that are calculated accurately will be no less than

95% 98% 95%

The average number of days to have a live application placed on to the Public Housing Register from first requesting assistance with emergency housing will be no more than

New measure New measure 30 working days (See Note 1)

Note 1 - Applications will be placed on the Public Housing Register within 30 working days of the client's first request for emergency housing.

The following information is provided for context only
  2016/17 2017/18 2018/19
Number of people on the Social Housing Register (as at June, see Note 1) 6,773 10,589 14,891
Number of people on the Housing Register (as at June, see Note 2) 5,353 8,704 12,311
Number of people on the Transfer Register (as at June, see Note 3) 1,420 1,885 2,580
Number of entries on to the Housing Register (12 months to June) 15,134 18,308 20,642
Number of exits from the Housing Register (12 months to June) - A and B priority exits only 5,364 7,472 8,676

Note 1 - The Public Housing Register is comprised of the Housing Register and the Transfer Register.

Note 2 - The Housing Register is prioritised by need and consists of applicants who have been assessed as being eligible for public housing.

Note 3 - The Transfer Register is prioritised by need and consists of applicants who are already in public housing, but have requested, and are eligible for, a transfer to another public housing property.

The Ministry has commenced consultation on a new learning and continuous improvement operating model. This review focuses on how quality could be observed in future with less focus on retrospective checking, shifting towards increased observational coaching, real-time assessment and an end-to-end view of a client's engagement with the Ministry. As changes are made, the Ministry will look to develop measures that reflect the quality of client experience more fully than the current accuracy and timeliness measures.

End of Year Performance Reporting

Performance information for this appropriation will be reported by the Ministry of Social Development in the Ministry of Social Development Annual Report.

Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2019/20
Final Budgeted
$000
2020/21
Budget
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000
2023/24
Estimated
$000

Current Government

           
Completing Interior Security Fit-Out Programme for The Safety of Clients and Staff 2020/21 - 618 618 618 618
Financial Appropriations for Drawdown from the Consolidated Homelessness Contingency 2019/20 9,200 13,120 11,330 7,380 -
Housing Support Products - Expansion to Help More People Access and Maintain Tenancies 2019/20 1,000 - - - -
Ministry of Social Development - Increasing Case Management at the Frontline 2019/20 1,169 1,599 1,453 1,419 1,419
Ministry of Social Development - Loss of Economics of Scale and other Inflationary Pressures 2019/20 937 1,034 611 658 658
Ministry of Social Development - Remuneration Cost Pressures 2019/20 1,526 2,711 2,711 2,711 2,711
Preventing and Reducing Homelessness in New Zealand 2019/20 10,300 12,360 12,360 12,360 -
Request for Drawdown - IT changes to Social Allocation System 2019/20 27 66 132 132 132
Ministry of Housing and Urban Development: Initial Establishment 2018/19 31,750 31,838 31,848 31,848 31,848
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation increased by $6.737 million to $61.767 million for 2020/21. This is mainly due to:

  • an increase of $5.540 million to implement the Emergency Housing Demand Management initiative
  • an increase of $2.060 million to prevent and reduce homelessness in New Zealand
  • an increase of $1.185 million for remuneration cost pressures, and
  • an increase of $618,000 to enable the completion of the interior security fit-out for the safety of clients and staff.

The above is offset by:

  • a reduction of $1.620 million for implementing the Emergency Housing Special Needs Grants policy settings changes, and
  • a reduction of $1 million to improve housing outcomes by financially assisting more people to access and retain secure tenancies.

2.3 - Departmental Capital Expenditure and Capital Injections

Ministry of Social Development - Capital Expenditure PLA (M63)

Scope of Appropriation
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.
Capital Expenditure
  2019/20 2020/21
Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Forests/Agricultural - - -
Land - - -
Property, Plant and Equipment 72,690 72,690 44,065
Intangibles 57,682 57,682 53,184
Other - - -

Total Appropriation

130,372 130,372 97,249
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve the replacement or upgrade of assets in support of the delivery of the Ministry's services.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

Performance measures and targets are subject to the impact of COVID-19.

The Ministry's asset performance framework monitors and reports asset performance within the asset portfolios of Property and Technology. This reflects the different management approaches required to manage and monitor our significant assets.

Performance indicators focus monitoring on the areas of significant impact to asset condition, utilisation and functionality in line with Treasury Investor Confidence Rating requirements, with asset performance measures and standards being approved annually by the Ministry's Investment Committee. Performance against these standards is regularly monitored and used to support decisions made around the need to replace or upgrade assets.

End of Year Performance Reporting

Performance information for this appropriation will be reported by the Ministry of Social Development in the Ministry of Social Development Annual Report.

Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation has decreased by $33.123 million to $97.249 million for 2020/21, reflecting the Ministry's revised capital programme of work. The capital expenditure level is impacted by two significant projects:

  • Future State Physical Security Environment
  • Infrastructure Availability and Resilience Project.
Capital Injections and Movements in Departmental Net Assets
Ministry of Social Development
Details of Net Asset Schedule 2019/20
Estimated Actual
$000
2020/21
Projected
$000
Explanation of Projected Movements in 2020/21
Opening Balance 236,203 301,047  
Capital Injections 66,232 48,353 Completing interior security fit-out programme for the safety of clients and staff $36.968 million, State care for children and young people - improving outcomes through independent monitoring $6.324 million, Employer-assisted work visa system $4.291 million, Reducing risk in critical systems and implementing legislative change $770,000.
Capital Withdrawals (1,388) -  
Surplus to be Retained (Deficit Incurred) - -  
Other Movements - -  

Closing Balance

301,047 349,400  

Part 3 - Details of Non-Departmental Appropriations

3.1 - Non-Departmental Output Expenses

Children's Commissioner (M63)

Scope of Appropriation
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 Oranga Tamariki Act 1989, and the identification of aspects of law, policy and practice that might adversely affect children and the development and proposal of remedies.
Expenses
  2019/20 2020/21
Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 3,157 3,157 4,157
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve an improvement in the wellbeing of children through the provision of independent advocacy for the interests of children, and independent monitoring and advice to Ministers about the services delivered to children under the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

Performance measures and targets are subject to the impact of COVID-19.

Assessment of Performance 2019/20 2020/21
Final Budgeted
Standard
Estimated
Actual
Budget
Standard

The percentage of key deliverables agreed with the Minister for Social Development in the Children's Commissioner's Statement of Performance Expectations completed to agreed standards (see Note 1) will be no less than

90% 90% 90%

The percentage of specified stakeholders (see Note 2) that agree that the Office of the Children's Commissioner's advocacy activities (see Note 3) contribute to improving the wellbeing of children and young people will be no less than

80% 80% 80%

The percentage of monitoring report recommendations accepted by Oranga Tamariki - Ministry for Children and/or contracted care providers as evidenced and in line with the provisions of the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989 and Oranga Tamariki - Ministry for Children policies and practices will be no less than (see Note 4)

90% 90% 90%

Note 1 - Agreed standards indicate achievement of performance measures, as set out in the Statement of Performance Expectations and the Memorandum of Understanding.

Note 2 - Specified stakeholders will be listed in the Memorandum of Understanding between the Office of the Children's Commissioner and the Minister for Social Development for the new financial year, but subject to change if new work is taken on.

Note 3 - As evidenced by the results from an annual stakeholder survey of specified stakeholders who will be outlined in the Memorandum of Understanding with the Minister.

Note 4 - The measure will be evidenced in the minutes of meetings held between the Office of the Children's Commissioner and Oranga Tamariki - Ministry for Children, to confirm which monitoring recommendations are to be accepted.

The following information is provided for context only
  2016/17 2017/18 2018/19
The number of monitoring visits to Oranga Tamariki residences 6 18 13
(see Note 1)
The number of thematic reviews across a minimum of four Oranga Tamariki service delivery sites, supervised group homes and/or contracted care provider services 2 2 3
Child-focused policy advice or submissions to Select Committees, government departments and Ministers 8 10 15
(see Note 2)

Note 1 - In 2018/19 the Office of the Children's Commissioner decreased the number of visits in order to do an extra thematic review.

Note 2 - This is a demand-driven measure. There was a higher demand and higher capacity to make submissions in 2018/19.

End of Year Performance Reporting

Performance information for this appropriation will be reported by the Office of the Children's Commissioner in its Annual Report.

Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2019/20
Final Budgeted
$000
2020/21
Budget
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000
2023/24
Estimated
$000

Current Government

           
Office of the Children's Commissioner: Addressing Cost Pressure and Additional Capacity 2020/21 - 1,000 1,000 1,000 1,000
State Care for Children and Young people - Improving Outcomes through Independent Monitoring 2019/20 1,000 1,000 - - -
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation increased by $1 million to $4.157 million for 2020/21. This is due to an increase of $1 million for cost pressures and to provide for additional capacity at the Office of the Children's Commissioner.

Community Participation Services (M63)

Scope of Appropriation
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.
Expenses
  2019/20 2020/21
Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 85,376 85,376 90,542
Components of the Appropriation
  2019/20 2020/21
Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Community Participation Services 64,541 64,541 69,707
Vocational Service for Very High Needs School Leavers 20,835 20,835 20,835
Total 85,376 85,376 90,542
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve an increase in opportunities for disabled people to fully participate in their communities by enhancing the skills, knowledge and services available to them.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

Performance measures and targets are subject to the impact of COVID-19.

Assessment of Performance 2019/20 2020/21
Final Budgeted
Standard
Estimated
Actual
Budget
Standard

The number of disabled people supported to participate in their communities (see Note 1) will be no fewer than

16,500 16,000 (see Note 2) 16,000

The number of disabled people placed or supported to remain in open paid employment will be no fewer than

5,800 5,800 5,800

Note 1 - The provider will identify through discussion with each person his or her aspirations or goals with respect to participating and contributing. The provider, with the client, will develop an individual plan for realising the person's goals.

Note 2 - A small number of Community Participation Services were transferred to the Ministry of Health starting from 1 April 2019.

The following information is provided for context only

Activities that people may be supported to do include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • participate in activities, services and facilities that are part of the daily lives of New Zealanders
  • develop skills for daily living and participating in the community
  • make a contribution to the community through voluntary work
  • achieve valued roles such as: student, teammate, teacher, parent, spokesperson
  • participate in their culture
  • take part in work experience and/or work related skills training
  • identify appropriate employment opportunities
  • gain and maintain paid employment or self-employment
  • maintain and extend friendships and social and support networks.

Funding for this appropriation has been used for people who do not meet the definition of 'disabled' in the past. Currently the funding is solely used for disabled people. The scope statement has been left broader than 'disabled people' to ensure that should the Ministry require this funding to be used on people who do not meet the definition of 'disabled people' it is able to do so. If at some time the Ministry does expand the funding to non-'disabled people', the intention statement and measures will be amended.

End of Year Performance Reporting

Performance information for this appropriation will be reported by the Minister for Social Development in the Vote Social Development Non-Departmental Appropriations Report.

Service Providers
Provider 2019/20
Final Budgeted
$000
2019/20
Estimated Actual
$000
2020/21
Budget
$000
Expiry of
Resourcing
Commitment
IDEA Services Limited 28,958 28,958 28,958 30 June 2024
Workbridge Incorporated 6,834 6,834 6,834 30 June 2021
CCS Disability Action Incorporated 4,318 4,318 4,179 30 June 2024
Spectrum Care Trust Board 2,719 2,719 2,672 30 June 2024
Geneva Elevator Limited 2,368 2,368 2,389 30 June 2024
There are a further 139 providers with contracts that range from $2,075 to $2,096,614 40,179 40,179 45,510  
Total 85,376 85,376 90,542  

The table above presents the top five service providers with funding arrangements with Ministry of Social Development under the output as at 13 March 2020.

Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2019/20
Final Budgeted
$000
2020/21
Budget
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000
2023/24
Estimated
$000

Current Government

           
Community Services: Keeping Community-Based Services Open for Disabled People 2020/21 - 5,166 10,332 11,167 16,635
Community Service Providers - Supporting Social Service Delivery 2019/20 3,044 3,044 3,044 3,044 3,044
COVID-19 Support for Essential Social Sector Services and Communities 2019/20 3,000 3,000 - - -
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation has increased by $5.166 million to $87.542 million for 2020/21 due to an increase to address the increasing cost pressures experienced by community-based services for disabled people funded by the Ministry.

Implementation and Operation of the Mandatory Registration of Social Workers (M63)

Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to supporting the implementation and operation of the mandatory registration of social workers.
Expenses
  2019/20 2020/21
Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 1,343 1,343 788
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to support the establishment of mandatory registration of social workers through the Social Workers Registration Board.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

Performance measures and targets are subject to the impact of COVID-19.

Assessment of Performance 2019/20 2020/21
Final Budgeted
Standard
Estimated
Actual
Budget
Standard

Stakeholders are kept informed of changes to the regulatory framework resulting from the implementation of the Social Work Registration Act (see Note 1).

Achieved Achieved Achieved

Note 1 - Stakeholders are kept informed of these changes through: at least four issues of OnBoard newsletter, the website being up to date and collateral being developed.

End of Year Performance Reporting

Performance information for this appropriation will be reported by the Social Worker Registration Board in its annual report.

Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2019/20
Final Budgeted
$000
2020/21
Budget
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000
2023/24
Estimated
$000

Current Government

           
Social Work Sector - Improving Professionalism through Managing Mandatory Registration 2019/20 1,343 788 113 114 114
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation decreased by $555,000 to $788,000 for 2020/21 due to a decrease of funding for the Social Worker Registration Board.

Student Placement Services (M63)

Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to placement services for students for holiday and term employment.
Expenses
  2019/20 2020/21
Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 3,512 3,512 3,512
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve reduced financial barriers to tertiary study through the effective operation of the Student Job Search placement service so that more students are earning income through paid employment.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

An exemption was granted under s15D(2)(b)(iii) of the PFA as the amount of this annual appropriation for a non-departmental output expense is less than $5 million.

Service Providers

The funding is paid to Student Job Search for operation of the Student Job Search placement service.

Supporting Equitable Pay for Care and Support Workers (M63)

Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to the additional costs of worker hours resulting from the Care and Support Workers (Pay Equity) Settlement Act 2017.
Expenses
  2019/20 2020/21
Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 11,001 11,001 10,332
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve pay equity for the care and support workers.

End of Year Performance Reporting

An exemption was granted under section15D(2)(b)(ii) of the Public Finance Act 1989, as additional performance information is unlikely to be informative as this appropriation is an interim measure to enable providers to be reimbursed for additional costs incurred in relation to the care and support worker pay equity settlement. Over time the ongoing funding will transfer into correct appropriation.

Service Providers
Provider 2019/20
Final Budgeted
$000
2019/20
Estimated Actual
$000
2020/21
Budget
$000
Expiry of
Resourcing
Commitment
IDEA Services Limited 4,047 4,047 4,047 30 June 2024
CCS Disability Action Incorporated 603 603 625 30 June 2024
Spectrum Care Trust Board 377 377 373 30 June 2024
Geneva Elevator Limited 331 331 363 30 June 2024
Hohepa Services Limited 319 319 326 30 June 2024
There are a further 125 providers with contracts that range from $390 to $295,987 5,324 5,324 4,598  
Total 11,001 11,001 10,332  

The table above presents the top five service providers with funding arrangements with Ministry of Social Development under the output as at 13 March 2020.

Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2019/20
Final Budgeted
$000
2020/21
Budget
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000
2023/24
Estimated
$000

Previous Government

           
Pay Equity Settlement Implications for Ministry of Social Development and Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki 2017/18 11,001 10,332 14,067 14,067 14,067
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation has decreased by $669,000 to $10.332 million for 2020/21 due to a reduction in funding to improve professionalism in the Social Work Sector through mandatory registration.

3.2 - Non-Departmental Benefits or Related Expenses

Accommodation Assistance (M37)

Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to payments for accommodation costs, paid in accordance with criteria set out in, or in delegated legislation made under, the Social Security Act 2018.
Expenses
  2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24
Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Estimated
$000
Estimated
$000
Estimated
$000
Total Appropriation 2,025,778 1,935,778 2,607,247 2,517,783 2,410,413 2,366,939
Components of the Appropriation
  2019/20 2020/21
Budget
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000
2023/24
Estimated
$000
Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Accommodation Supplement 1,736,805 1,736,805 2,367,317 2,272,650 2,159,062 2,110,252
Emergency Housing Special Needs Grant 198,969 198,969 239,928 245,131 251,349 256,685
Special Transfer Allowance 4 4 2 2 2 2
Supplementary Estimates Add-on 90,000 - - - - -
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve social outcomes by providing targeted financial support to help eligible people meet the costs of accommodation.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

An exemption was granted under s.15D(2)(b)(ii) of the PFA, as additional performance information is unlikely to be informative because this appropriation is solely for payments of Accommodation Assistance under the Social Security Act 2018 or any legislation that replaces that Act. Performance information relating to the administration of the payment is provided under the Improved Employment and Social Outcomes Support MCA in Vote Social Development.

Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2019/20
Final Budgeted
$000
2020/21
Budget
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000
2023/24
Estimated
$000

Current Government

           
Preventing and Reducing Homelessness - Funding a Balanced Approach and Initiatives for Implementation in 2020 (Paper A) 2020/21 - 10 32 62 77
COVID-19: Overview of the Government's Response: Economic Package 2019/20 (6,139) (25,478) (22,488) (19,887) (18,895)
Exempting Social Security Income and Cash-asset testing for Financial Donations to Those Affected by the Christchurch Mosque Attacks 2019/20 39 189 189 189 190
Impact of COVID-19 on the Ministry of Social Development's Operating Model 2019/20 1,056 8,807 - - -
Incomes for People Receiving Benefits - Indexing Main Benefits, Removing Deductions and Changing Abatement Thresholds 2019/20 993 4,923 6,552 9,717 9,717
Initial Income Stand-Downs: Policy Settings and Options for Change 2019/20 1,655 2,860 - - -
Maintaining and Expanding the Housing First Programme as a Response to Ending Homelessness 2019/20 127 577 934 1,297 1,297
Ministry of Housing and Urban Development: Initial Establishment 2018/19 1,508,410 1,505,858 1,518,057 1,518,057 1,518,057
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation has increased by $671.469 million to $2,607.247 million in 2020/21 mainly due to:

  • an increase of $547 million for an expected increase in the number of people, and
  • an increase of $135 million for an expected growth in the average rate of payment.
Conditions on Use of Appropriation
Reference Conditions
Accommodation Supplement is paid under sections 61DH to 61EC of the Social Security Act 1964 The Accommodation Supplement provides a 70% subsidy for housing costs that exceed 25% of the recipient's income (for renters or boarders) or 30% of the recipient's income (for homeowners), up to a set maximum amount. The level of assistance depends on the recipient's accommodation costs, benefit payment rate, where the recipient lives and on his or her family size. The Supplement is a non-taxable payment that is asset-tested. It is income-tested for New Zealand Superannuation and Veterans' Pension recipients and for non-beneficiaries.
Away from Home Allowance is paid under the Away from Home Allowance Welfare Programme pursuant to section 124(1)(d) of the Social Security Act 1964 saved by clause 21 of Schedule 1 of the Social Security Act 2018 as if it were a special assistance programme approved and established under section 101 of the Social Security Act 2018 The Away from Home Allowance provides assistance with accommodation costs for the caregivers of dependent 16-17 year olds who move away from home to undertake tertiary study or an approved employment related training course. The level of Allowance is based on the same formula as for Accommodation Supplement. The Allowance is a non-taxable payment.
Special Transfer Allowance is paid under the Special Transfer Allowance Programme 2000 pursuant to section 124(1)(d) of the Social Security Act 1964 saved by clause 21 of Schedule 1 of the Social Security Act 2018 as if it were a special assistance programme approved and established under section 101 of the Social Security Act 2018 The Special Transfer Allowance provides assistance with accommodation costs to recipients of the Special Transfer Allowance prior to November 2000 and to former Tenure Protection Allowance recipients who have had their present house sold to a private landlord by Housing New Zealand Corporation. Tenure Protection Allowance ceased to exist with the introduction of the Income Related Rental Subsidy in November 2000. This Allowance is a non-taxable payment.
Special Needs Grant for Emergency Housing is paid under the Special Needs Grants Programme under section 124(1)(d) of the Social Security Act 1964 saved by clause 21 of Schedule 1 of the Social Security Act 2018 as if it were a special assistance programme approved and established under section 101 of the Social Security Act 2018 A grant may be made to a person with an immediate emergency housing need to purchase emergency housing (including any bond) for no more than 7 days (but the period can be extended in exceptional circumstances).

Childcare Assistance (M63)

Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to assistance for the costs of childcare that meets specific quality guidelines, where parents meet activity and income criteria set out in, or in delegated legislation made under, the Social Security Act 2018.
Expenses
  2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24
Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Estimated
$000
Estimated
$000
Estimated
$000
Total Appropriation 163,298 150,898 167,287 167,545 169,716 171,894
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve employment and social outcomes by providing financial support to assist caregivers and parents with childcare costs.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

An exemption was granted under s15D(2)(b)(ii) of the PFA, as additional performance information is unlikely to be informative because this appropriation is solely for payments of Childcare Assistance under the Social Security Act 2018. Performance information relating to the administration of the payments is provided under the Improved Employment and Social Outcomes Support MCA.

Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2019/20
Final Budgeted
$000
2020/21
Budget
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000
2023/24
Estimated
$000

Current Government

           
COVID-19: Overview of the Government's Response: Economic Package 2019/20 (67) (262) (360) (576) (567)
Incomes for People Receiving Benefits - Indexing Main Benefits, Removing Deductions and Changing Abatement Thresholds 2019/20 (30) (155) (280) (364) (364)
Families Package 2017/18 (636) (636) (636) (636) (636)
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation has increased by $16.389 million to $167.287 million in 2020/21 mainly due to:

  • an increase of $9 million for an expected increase in the average rate paid per person (before inflation adjustments), and
  • an increase of $6 million for an expected increase in the number of children.
Conditions on Use of Appropriation
Reference Conditions
Childcare Assistance includes the Childcare Subsidy and the Out of School Care and Recreation Subsidy (OSCAR subsidy). These are paid under section 76-77 of the Social Security Act 2018 and the Social Security Regulations 2018 pursuant to section 424 of the Social Security Act 2018 The Childcare Subsidy assists with pre-school costs for caregivers. The Subsidy covers children aged 0 to 4 years old, or 0 to 5 if a Child Disability Allowance is also payable. Childcare Subsidy is payable for up to 50 hours per week of attendance at an approved early childhood programme where a caregiver is engaged in an approved activity such as employment or training, has serious illness or disability or whose dependent child or children have a serious illness or disability, or up to 9 hours per week in most other cases. The Childcare Subsidy may be used in combination with Free Early Childhood Education for 3 and 4 year olds where hours exceed six per day or 20 per week. The Subsidy is non-taxable income tested payment. The OSCAR subsidy assists with out-of-school care costs for caregivers to take up or remain in paid employment. OSCAR covers 5 to 13 year-olds, and 5 to 17 if a Child Disability Allowance is also payable. OSCAR subsidy is available for approved before and after school care for up to 20 hours per week and up to 50 hours per week in approved school holiday programmes. The caregiver must be participating in an approved activity such as employment or training. The OSCAR subsidy is a non-taxable income-tested payment. There are three standard levels of Childcare and OSCAR subsidy, with the level depending on household income.
Early Learning Programme Assistance is paid under the Family Start and Early Start (Childcare Assistance) Programme, saved by clause 21 of Schedule 1 of the Social Security Act 2018 as if it were a special assistance programme approved and established under section 101 of the Social Security Act 2018 Early Learning Programme Assistance is provided to families who are (or were) enrolled in selected Family Start or Early Start programmes. The rate provided for up to 20 hours per week for an eligible child. The Assistance is a non-taxable payment
Guaranteed Childcare Assistance Payment is paid under the Guaranteed Childcare Assistance Payment Programme, saved by clause 21 of Schedule 1 of the Social Security Act 2018 as if it were a special assistance programme approved and established under section 101 of the Social Security Act 2018 The Guaranteed Childcare Assistance Payment provides financial assistance towards the costs of early childhood education to help young parents who are receiving young parent payments, or who are spouses or partners of specified beneficiaries, to comply with their youth activity obligations, and young parents who are not beneficiaries to return to, or remain in, courses of secondary instruction.

Disability Assistance (M63)

Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to the Disability Allowance for people with disability costs, the Child Disability Allowance to the caregivers of children with a serious disability, and the Special Disability Allowance for the purpose of defraying expenses from the hospitalisation of a spouse or partner, paid in accordance with criteria set out in, or in delegated legislation made under, the Social Security Act 2018. The Special Disability Allowance may also be paid in accordance with criteria set out in the New Zealand Superannuation and Retirement Income Act 2001.
Expenses
  2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24
Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Estimated
$000
Estimated
$000
Estimated
$000
Total Appropriation 403,202 397,202 419,290 413,661 410,610 413,881
Components of the Appropriation
  2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24
Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Estimated
$000
Estimated
$000
Estimated
$000
Child Disability Allowance 102,211 102,211 106,891 109,342 112,534 116,361
Disability Allowance 294,991 294,991 312,399 304,319 298,076 297,520
Supplementary Estimates Add-on 6,000 - - - - -
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve social outcomes by providing financial support to help people meet disability-related living costs.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

An exemption was granted under s15D(2)(b)(ii) of the PFA, as additional performance information is unlikely to be informative because this appropriation is solely for payments of Disability Assistance under the Social Security Act 2018. Performance information relating to the administration of the payments is provided under the Improved Employment and Social Outcomes Support MCA.

Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2019/20
Final Budgeted
$000
2020/21
Budget
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000
2023/24
Estimated
$000

Current Government

           
Impact of COVID-19 on the Ministry of Social Development's Operating Model 2019/20 731 1,829 - - -
Initial Income Stand-Downs: Policy Settings and Options for Change 2019/20 32 54 - - -
Savings Associated with Very Low-Cost General Practitioner Visits for Community Services Card Holders 2018/19 (11,805) (11,966) (11,943) (11,943) (11,943)
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation has increased by $22.088 million to $419.290 million in 2020/21 mainly due to an expected increase in the number of people.

Conditions on Use of Appropriation
Reference Conditions
Child Disability Allowance is paid under section 78 of the Social Security Act 2018 Child Disability Allowance is a non-taxable allowance that is available to the principal caregiver of a dependent child who has a serious disability. The child must have a physical or mental disability, need constant care and attention because of that disability and be likely to need that care for more than 12 months.
Disability Allowance is paid under section 85 of the Social Security Act 2018 and the Ministerial Direction- Disability Allowance pursuant to section 7 of the Social Security Act 2018 This Allowance reimburses additional costs arising from a disability that is likely to continue for a minimum of six months. Disability Allowance only covers additional costs that are not funded or provided by other agencies. Disability Allowance may be paid to persons receiving main benefits and, on an income-tested basis, to New Zealand Superannuation and Veterans' Pension recipients and to low-income earners.
Special Disability Allowance is paid under section 89 of the Social Security Act 2018 and in some cases under section 20 of the New Zealand Superannuation and Retirement Income Act 2001 This Allowance reimburses expenses incurred by a person receiving New Zealand Superannuation or Veteran's Pension, Supported Living Payment on ground of health condition, injury, disability, or total blindness, Jobseeker Support, or a related Emergency Benefit as a result of the hospitalisation of the person's spouse or partner in long-term hospital care or publicly funded long-term residential care.

Family Start/NGO Awards (M63)

Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to the payment of course fees for Family Start family/whanau and NGO workers pursuing social work qualifications, in accordance with Cabinet decisions.
Expenses
  2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24
Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Estimated
$000
Estimated
$000
Estimated
$000
Total Appropriation 705 705 705 705 705 705
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve an increase in the number of NGO staff who have formal social work qualifications by assisting with course fees.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

An exemption was granted under s15D(2)(b)(ii) of the PFA, as additional performance information is unlikely to be informative because this appropriation is solely for payment of course fees for Family Start family/whanau and NGO workers pursuing social work qualifications.

Conditions on Use of Appropriation
Reference Conditions
Family Start family/whanau Awards are paid under Cabinet decisions The Family Start Awards pay for course fees that enable Family Start employees to study for diploma or degree level qualifications in social work, early childhood education or health. This item has not been offered to new students since 2011. Existing students continue to receive these payments until their study ends.

Hardship Assistance (M63)

Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to Civil Defence payments, Funeral Grants, 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 criteria set out in, or in delegated legislation made under, the Social Security Act 2018.
Expenses
  2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24
Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Estimated
$000
Estimated
$000
Estimated
$000
Total Appropriation 469,709 399,709 622,573 609,137 601,052 609,356
Components of the Appropriation
  2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24
Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Estimated
$000
Estimated
$000
Estimated
$000
Temporary Accommodation Assistance 243 243 31 - - -
Temporary Additional Support 239,163 239,163 382,997 377,951 386,161 405,958
Special Benefit 9,567 9,567 7,965 6,704 5,905 5,235
Special Needs Grants 149,875 149,875 230,920 224,482 208,986 198,163
Christchurch Response Payment 861 861 660 - - -
Supplementary Estimates Add-on 70,000 - - - - -
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve social outcomes by providing financial support to meet essential or emergency costs for people living in financial hardship.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

An exemption was granted under s15D(2)(b)(ii) of the PFA, as additional performance information is unlikely to be informative because this appropriation is solely for payments of Hardship Assistance under the Social Security Act 2018. Performance information relating to the administration of the payments is provided under the Improved Employment and Social Outcomes Support MCA.

Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2019/20
Final Budgeted
$000
2020/21
Budget
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000
2023/24
Estimated
$000

Current Government

           
Refugee Quota Increase: Report back to Draw Down for Changes to Re-Establishment Grants 2020/21 - 2,129 2,129 2,129 2,129
COVID-19: Overview of the Government's Response: Economic Package 2019/20 (1,078) (4,379) (3,793) (2,780) (1,074)
Exempting Social Security Income and Cash-asset testing for Financial Donations to those affected by the Christchurch Mosque Attacks 2019/20 4 20 20 20 20
Funding an Extension to the Christchurch Mosques Attack Welfare Programme for 12 months 2019/20 95 660 - - -
Impact of COVID-19 on the Ministry of Social Development's Operating Model 2019/20 4,754 25,143 - - -
Incomes for People Receiving Benefits - Indexing Main Benefits, Removing Deductions and Changing Abatement Thresholds 2019/20 (240) (1,054) (1,263) (1,107) (1,107)
Income Support Funding for Those Affected by the Christchurch Mosques Attack 2019/20 2,116 - - - -
Initial Income Stand-Downs: Policy Settings and Options for Change 2019/20 (498) (814) - - -
North Island Drought: Financial Assistance 2019/20 157 264 - - -
Rural Assistance Payments for Farmers affected by drought in the Northland region and parts of the Auckland region 2019/20 173 177 - - -
Temporary Accommodation Assistance (Canterbury Earthquake) and Transitional Assistance Payment 2019/20 93 112 - - -
Ceasing Long-Acting Reversible Contraceptives 2018/19 (30) (30) (30) (30) (30)
Rural Assistance Payments for upper South Island farmers affected by drought and Tasman District fires in 2019 2018/19 54 - - - -
Families Package 2017/18 (13,496) (19,874) (32,591) (32,591) (32,591)
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation has increased by $222.864 million to $622.573 million in 2020/21 mainly due to:

  • an increase of $144 million for an increase in spending for Temporary Additional Support, mostly from an expected increase in demand for main benefits and
  • an expected increase of $81 million for Special Needs Grants mainly from an expected increase in grants.
Conditions on Use of Appropriation
Reference Conditions
Funeral Grants are paid under section 90 of the Social Security Act 2018 Funeral Grants are discretionary payments designed to help people with actual and reasonable funeral costs up to a set maximum. The Grant depends on the assessable estate of the deceased person, and on the assets and income of the surviving spouse or partner (if any) or, if the deceased is a child, on the assets and income of the parents and other persons liable in law to maintain the child. The Grant is a non-taxable payment.
Special Benefit is continued under clause 19 of Schedule 1 of the Social Security Act 2018, and the Direction in Relation to Special Benefit as saved by clause 2(1) of Schedule 1 of the Social Security Act 2018 as if it were given to MSD under section 7 of the Act Special Benefit provides assistance to clients whose particular financial circumstances and commitments are causing them financial hardship. Special Benefit is available to beneficiaries and low-income earners who were receiving it immediately before 1 April 2006 and for whom Special Benefit has not been cancelled (except temporarily). Special Benefit is not intended as a long-term solution to a client's financial shortfall. It is instead paid to help clients meet essential costs while they make efforts to reduce their commitments and live within their usual income. This Benefit is a non-taxable payment.
Special Needs Grants are paid under section the Special Needs Grants Programme, saved by clause 21 of Schedule 1 of the Social Security Act 2018 as if it were a special assistance programme approved and established under section 101 of the Social Security Act 2018 The Special Needs Grant Programme assists people who have an immediate and essential or emergency need and have no other means of paying for it. Grants include the Rural Sector Assistance Programme, which assists farmers who are unable to meet living expenses because of adverse events (such as flooding). Special Need Grants are income and cash asset-tested. The Grants are generally one-off recoverable or non-recoverable, non-taxable financial assistance, although grants can be made on a continuing basis for living expenses to some persons (for example, under the rural assistance provisions).
Temporary Additional Support is paid under section 96 of the Social Security Act 2018 and the Social Security Regulations 2018 made pursuant to section 428 of the Social Security Act 2018 Temporary Additional Support provides financial assistance as a last resort to alleviate financial hardship for people whose essential costs cannot be met from their chargeable income and other resources. This support became available from 1 April 2006. This non-taxable payment is made to help meet essential living costs while clients reduce their commitments and live within their usual income. The standard period for this financial assistance is 13 weeks.
Civil Defence payments are saved by clause 21 of Schedule 1 of the Social Security Act 2018 as if it were a special assistance programme approved and established under section 101 of the Social Security Act 2018 The payments are made to evacuees in areas where a Civil Defence emergency has been declared who do not have insurance to cover their costs or have access to other available aid (eg, public donations or other government or charitable relief funds). These payments are non-taxable.
Temporary Accommodation Assistance is paid under the Temporary Accommodation Assistance (Canterbury Earthquake) Programme, saved by clause 21 of Schedule 1 of the Social Security Act 2018 as if it were a special assistance programme approved and established under section 101 of the Social Security Act 2018 Temporary Accommodation Assistance is a subsidy to assist homeowners (including beneficiaries of a trust that owns the house in certain situations) affected by the Canterbury earthquake with temporary accommodation costs. This can be paid to homeowners who have had to leave their home as a result of the Canterbury 4 September 2010 Earthquake and resulting aftershocks and have no available temporary accommodation insurance cover.
Christchurch Response Payments are paid under the Christchurch Mosques Attack Welfare Programme which is a special assistance programme approved and established under section 101 of the Social Security Act 2018 The purpose of these payments is to provide special assistance to specified people affected by the Christchurch mosques attack that are the same as the types of support available to a person who meets the requirements of s 205(1) of the Social Security Act.

Jobseeker Support and Emergency Benefit (M63)

Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to means-tested income support for people who are eligible for Jobseeker Support or an Emergency Benefit, paid in accordance with criteria set out in, or in delegated legislation made under, the Social Security Act 2018.
Expenses
  2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24
Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Estimated
$000
Estimated
$000
Estimated
$000
Total Appropriation 2,533,115 2,373,115 4,521,173 3,731,407 3,175,279 2,951,423
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve employment and social outcomes by providing means-tested income support to people not in employment but seeking it, temporarily unable to work, or who are in hardship and not eligible for another main benefit.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

An exemption was granted under s15D(2)(b)(ii) of the PFA, as additional performance information is unlikely to be informative because this appropriation is solely for payments of Jobseeker Support and Emergency Benefit under the Social Security Act 2018. Performance information relating to the administration of the payments is provided under the Improved Employment and Social Outcomes Support MCA.

Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2019/20
Final Budgeted
$000
2020/21
Budget
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000
2023/24
Estimated
$000

Current Government

           
Superannuation and Veteran's Pension - Modernising and Simplifying 2020/21 - 2,895 8,542 13,183 13,183
Benefits for Recent Migrants - Continuing Current Residency Requirements 2020/21 - 3,584 7,314 10,339 10,552
COVID-19: Overview of the Government's Response: Economic Package 2019/20 60,500 283,616 342,669 332,441 302,570
Impact of COVID-19 on the Ministry of Social Development's Operating Model 2019/20 13,763 48,979 - - -
Incomes for People Receiving Benefits - Indexing Main Benefits, Removing Deductions and Changing Abatement Thresholds 2019/20 8,147 41,473 67,584 88,256 88,256
Income Support Funding for those affected by the Christchurch Mosques Attack 2019/20 423 423 - - -
Initial Income Stand-Downs: Policy Settings and Options for Change 2019/20 5,886 10,216 - - -
Mana in Mahi - Employment Programme to support successful transition into Sustainable Work 2019/20 (1,047) (1,591) (1,619) (2,385) (2,385)
Families Package 2017/18 3,397 3,397 3,397 3,397 3,397
Final financial implications for the '100 days' tertiary education 2017/18 3,187 3,819 4,117 4,117 4,117

Previous Government

           
Investing to Increase the Number of Engineering Graduates 2018/19 5 5 5 5 5
Benefits for Recent Migrants - Tightening Access 2018/19 (7,314) (10,339) (10,339) (10,339) (10,339)
The next Three-Year Refugee Quota Programme 2018/19 1,674 2,487 3,147 3,147 3,147
Community Organisation Refugee Sponsorship Category 2017/18 60 60 60 60 60
Family Incomes Package 2017/18 (3,397) (3,397) (3,397) (3,397) (3,397)
Social Security Act 1964 Rewrite 2017/18 (1,798) (1,798) (1,798) (1,798) (1,798)
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation has increased by $2,148.058 million to $4,521.173 million in 2020/21 mainly due to:

  • an increase of $1,770 million for an expected increase in the number of people
  • an increase of $274 million for wage growth adjustments to the benefit rates, and
  • an increase of $266 million for policy changes including the COVID-19 Economic Package.
Conditions on Use of Appropriation
Reference Conditions
Jobseeker support is covered by sections 20-28 of the Social Security Act 2018. Jobseeker Support is payable on grounds of hardship, as set out in the Emergency Benefit and Benefits on Ground of Hardship Ministerial Direction pursuant to section 5 of the Social Security Act 1964 saved by clause 2 of Schedule 1 of the Social Security Act 2018 as if it were a Ministerial direction given under section 7 the Social Security Act 2018. Jobseeker Support is available for people who are not in full-time employment but are either:
  • looking for and available for work
  • would be looking for and available for work but for circumstances that would qualify the person for an exemption undersection 105, or
  • willing to undertake work but limited in their capacity to work due to sickness, injury or disability.
It is also payable to people who are in employment but losing earnings because, through sickness, injury, or disability, they are not working at all or working only at a reduced level. It is also available from the 27th week of pregnancy (or earlier if there are complications). It is a work-tested benefit, though some are expected to prepare for work if they have a deferral from work obligations. Net weekly rates depend on age and family status. The sole parent rate is the same as for Sole Parent Support. This Benefit is taxable and is after deductions for debt establishments and overseas pension recoveries.
Jobseeker Support on the grounds of hardship may be paid to an applicant who meets the job seeking or sickness criteria for Jobseeker Support, but not the residency requirements and is in hardship, or to full-time students between the end of one academic year and the start of the next.
Emergency Benefit is paid under section 63 and 64 of the Social Security Act 2018 and the Direction in relation Emergency Benefit and Benefits on Ground of Hardship pursuant to section 7 of the Social Security Act 2018. Emergency Benefit is payable on the grounds of hardship to people who are unable to earn a sufficient livelihood and are not eligible to receive any other main benefit. Emergency Benefit can also be paid instead of, or in substitution for, specified main benefits under the Act the person is otherwise eligible to receive. Rates of payment can vary but cannot exceed the rate of the analogous benefit that would be otherwise payable. This appropriation is inclusive of tax and is after deductions for debt establishments and overseas pension recoveries.

New Zealand Superannuation (M63)

Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to 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.
Expenses
  2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24
Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Estimated
$000
Estimated
$000
Estimated
$000
Total Appropriation 15,542,124 15,516,124 16,346,040 16,940,501 17,858,943 18,983,132
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve social participation and independence for superannuitants by providing financial support.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

An exemption was granted under s15D(2)(b)(ii) of the PFA, as additional performance information is unlikely to be informative because this appropriation is solely for payments of New Zealand Superannuation under the New Zealand Superannuation and Retirement Income Act 2001. Performance information relating to the administration of the payment is provided under the Income Support and Assistance to Seniors appropriation.

Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2019/20
Final Budgeted
$000
2020/21
Budget
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000
2023/24
Estimated
$000

Current Government

           
Superannuation and Veteran's Pension - Modernising and Simplifying 2020/21 - (18,331) (63,892) (102,718) (102,718)
Incomes for People Receiving Benefits - Indexing Main Benefits, Removing Deductions and Changing Abatement Thresholds 2019/20 427 1,886 2,539 3,220 3,220
Superannuation - Increasing Incomes for Weekly Accident Compensation Corporation Claimants at or near Superannuation Qualification 2019/20 2,475 2,535 2,609 2,688 2,688
Superannuation - Improving Portability to Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau 2018/19 3,510 3,746 4,009 4,009 4,009
Families Package 2017/18 16,801 40,135 40,135 40,135 40,135

Previous Government

           
Family Incomes Package 2017/18 (40,135) (40,135) (40,135) (40,135) (40,135)
Review of Surviving Spouse or Partner Weekly Compensation for Superannuitants Provision 2017/18 790 790 790 790 790
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation has increased by $829.916 million to $16,346.040 million in 2020/21 mainly due to:

  • an increase of $486 million for an expected increase in the number of people, and
  • an increase of $403 million for inflation and wage growth adjustments to the benefit rates.
Conditions on Use of Appropriation
Reference Conditions
New Zealand Superannuation is paid under the New Zealand Superannuation and Retirement Income Act 2001 New Zealand Superannuation provides income for people who have reached the qualifying age of 65 and fulfilled the residency requirements. It includes different rates for a person who lives alone, shares accommodation or is married or in a civil union or de facto relationship. New Zealand Superannuation at a higher, income-tested rate is also paid on the election of a person with a spouse or partner who does not qualify for New Zealand Superannuation. With the exception of the higher rate where a non-qualified spouse or partner is included, New Zealand Superannuation is not income-tested. This appropriation is inclusive of tax and is after deductions for debt establishments and overseas pension recoveries.

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

Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to the Orphan's/Unsupported Child's Benefit and additional assistance to provide income support for people charged with the responsibility for a child whose parents are dead or cannot be located, suffer a serious long-term disablement, or where there has been a breakdown in the child's family, paid in accordance with criteria set out in, or in delegated legislation made under, the Social Security Act 2018.
Expenses
  2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24
  Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Estimated
$000
Estimated
$000
Estimated
$000
Total Appropriation 252,637 248,237 267,807 285,023 303,566 323,005
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve social outcomes by providing income support to the principal caregivers of orphans and unsupported children.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

An exemption was granted under s15D(2)(b)(ii) of the PFA, as additional performance information is unlikely to be informative because this appropriation is solely for payments of Orphan's/Unsupported Child's Benefit under the Social Security Act 2018. Performance information relating to the administration of the payments is provided under the Improved Employment and Social Outcomes Support MCA.

Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2019/20
Final Budgeted
$000
2020/21
Budget
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000
2023/24
Estimated
$000

Current Government

           
Clothing Allowance for Children Supported by Orphan's Benefit or Unsupported Child's Benefit 2018/19 25,197 26,937 28,862 28,862 28,862
Families Package 2018/19 19,081 20,346 21,737 21,737 21,737
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation has increased by $19.570 million to $267.807 million in 2020/21 mainly due to:

  • an increase of $16 million for the number of people, and
  • an increase of $3 million for inflation adjustments to the benefit rates.
Conditions on Use of Appropriation
Reference Conditions
The Orphan's and Unsupported Child's Benefits are paid under sections 43-48 of the Social Security Act 2018 and additional assistance is paid under the Orphan's and Unsupported Child's Benefit (Additional Assistance) Programme which is saved by clause 21 of Schedule 1 of the Social Security Act 2018 as if it were a special assistance programme approved and established under section 101 of the Social Security Act 2018. The Establishment Grant and School and Year Start-up payments are included in this Orphan's and Unsupported Child's Benefit (Additional Assistance) Programme. Orphan's Benefit and Unsupported Child's Benefit, and associated grants, are paid to a caregiver of a dependent child whose parent(s) cannot support them or care for them because the parents are dead, cannot be located, suffer a serious long-term disablement or there has been a breakdown in the child's family. The applicant must be likely to be the principal caregiver for at least one year from the date of application for the benefit. Both Benefits are not income-tested on the caregiver's income or assets but are on the child's income excluding the personal earnings of the child. Both Benefits are non-taxable payments.

Sole Parent Support (M63)

Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to means-tested income support for people who are eligible for Sole Parent Support, paid in accordance with criteria set out in, or in delegated legislation made under, the Social Security Act 2018.
Expenses
  2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24
Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Estimated
$000
Estimated
$000
Estimated
$000
Total Appropriation 1,276,765 1,234,565 1,577,147 1,678,954 1,689,164 1,676,500
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve employment and social outcomes by providing means-tested income support to sole parents while they are caring for dependent children.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

An exemption was granted under s15D(2)(b)(ii) of the PFA, as additional performance information is unlikely to be informative because this appropriation is solely for payments of Sole Parent Support under the Social Security Act 2018. Performance information relating to the administration of the payments is provided under the Improved Employment and Social Outcomes Support MCA.

Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2019/20
Final Budgeted
$000
2020/21
Budget
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000
2023/24
Estimated
$000

Current Government

           
Benefits for Recent Migrants - Continuing Current Residency Requirements 2020/21 - 84 172 175 179
COVID-19: Overview of the Government's Response: Economic Package 2019/20 25,435 104,778 107,747 110,175 113,198
Impact of COVID-19 on the Ministry of Social Development's Operating Model 2019/20 1,166 9,209 - - -
Incomes for People Receiving Benefits - Indexing Main Benefits, Removing Deductions and Changing Abatement Thresholds 2019/20 10,846 48,382 65,263 79,060 79,060
Initial Income Stand-Downs: Policy Settings and Options for Change 2019/20 1,408 2,384 - - -
Mana in Mahi - Employment Programme to Support Successful Transition into Sustainable Work 2019/20 (203) (308) (314) (463) (463)
Families Package 2017/18 27,335 27,335 27,335 27,335 27,335

Previous Government

           
Benefits for Recent Migrants - Tightening Access 2018/19 (172) (175) (175) (175) (175)
The next Three-Year Refugee Quota Programme 2018/19 179 267 337 337 337
Community Organisation Refugee Sponsorship Category 2017/18 7 7 7 7 7
Family Incomes Package 2017/18 (27,335) (27,335) (27,335) (27,335) (27,335)
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation has increased by $342.580 million to $1,577.147 million in 2020/21 mainly due to:

  • an increase of $182 million for an expected increase in the number of people
  • an increase of $88 million for policy adjustments including the COVID-19 Economic Package, and
  • an increase of $48 million for wage growth adjustments to the benefit rates.
Conditions on Use of Appropriation
Reference Conditions
Sections 29 to 33 of the Social Security Act 2018 Sole Parent Support provides income support for sole parents with a dependent child younger than 14 years of age. Work preparation obligations usually apply to Sole Parent Support recipients with a child younger than three years of age. Part-time work obligations usually apply to Sole Parent Support recipients whose youngest child is aged three and less than 14.
The weekly amounts quoted are before Family Tax Credit payments. The benefit is income-tested. The appropriation is inclusive of tax and is after deductions for debt establishments and overseas pension recoveries.

Special Circumstance Assistance (M63)

Scope of Appropriation
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, or in delegated legislation made under, the Social Security Act 2018; and Civilian Amputees Assistance, paid in accordance with criteria set out in the Disabled Persons Community Welfare Act 1975.
Expenses
  2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24
Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Estimated
$000
Estimated
$000
Estimated
$000
Total Appropriation 12,237 11,037 11,556 11,740 11,925 12,155
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve social outcomes by providing financial support to people to meet costs arising from special circumstances.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

An exemption was granted under s15D(2)(b)(ii) of the PFA, as additional performance information is unlikely to be informative because this appropriation is solely for payments of Special Circumstance Assistance under the Social Security Act 2018. Performance information relating to the administration of the payments is provided under the Improved Employment and Social Outcomes Support MCA.

Conditions on Use of Appropriation
Reference Conditions
Civilian Amputee Assistance is paid under a Ministerial arrangement under section 30 of the Disabled Persons Community Welfare Act 1975 The Civilian Amputees Assistance payment is made to assist people with travel, accommodation and other costs incurred when attending a limb centre.
Clothing Allowance is now paid under section 71 of the Residential Care and Disability Support Services Act 2018 and the Residential Care and Disability Support Services Regulations 2018 (made pursuant to section 74 of the Residential Care and Disability Support Services Act 2018) The Clothing Allowance is available to all recipients of a Residential Care Subsidy or Residential Care Loan. It is payable annually. This assistance is non-taxable.
Home Help is paid under the Home Help Programme, saved by clause 21 of Schedule 1 of the Social Security Act 2018 as if it were a special assistance programme approved and established under section 101 of the Social Security Act 2018 Home Help is available to families who require temporary part-time domestic help (such as housework, laundry and food preparation) because of a domestic emergency, multiple births or other reason (other than for age, ill health or disability-related reasons). This assistance is subject to a means test except in multiple birth cases. This assistance is non-taxable.
Social Rehabilitation Assistance is paid under the Social Rehabilitation Assistance Programme, saved by clause 21 of Schedule 1 of the Social Security Act 2018 as if it were a special assistance programme approved and established under section 101 of the Social Security Act 2018 Social Rehabilitation Assistance provides financial assistance to help people in approved residential social rehabilitation programmes to pay the cost of their treatment or care in those programmes. Payment is made direct to the social rehabilitation provider. To be eligible a resident must receive an income-tested benefit, New Zealand Superannuation or Veterans' Pension and cannot receive Accommodation Supplement, Disability Allowance, Special Benefit or Temporary Additional Support at the same time. This assistance is non-taxable.
Telephone Costs Payment is paid under the Telephone Costs Payment Programme, saved by clause 21 of Schedule 1 of the Social Security Act 2018 as if it were a special assistance programme approved and established under section 101 of the Social Security Act 2018 The Telephone Costs Payment provides assistance with telephone rental costs to those people that received a Disability Allowance for telephone rental costs as at 31 March 1999. The rate of payment is adjusted so the Telephone Costs Payment plus any Disability Allowance payable does not exceed the maximum payment rate for Disability Allowance. These payments are non-taxable.

Student Allowances (M63)

Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to means-tested allowances for students on an approved study programme, paid in accordance with criteria set out in the Student Allowance Regulations 1998; and payment of Student Allowance Transfer Grants to students with dependants, paid in accordance with criteria set out in, or in delegated legislation made under, the Social Security Act 2018.
Expenses
  2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24
Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Estimated
$000
Estimated
$000
Estimated
$000
Total Appropriation 607,899 579,899 640,828 682,469 657,554 642,353
Components of the Appropriation
  2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24
Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Estimated
$000
Estimated
$000
Estimated
$000
Student Allowances 578,965 578,965 640,100 681,291 656,344 641,101
Student Allowance Transfer Grant 934 934 728 1,178 1,210 1,252
Supplementary Estimates Add-on 28,000 - - - - -
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve employment and social outcomes by providing financial support to eligible students to undertake tertiary study.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

An exemption was granted under s15D(2)(b)(ii) of the PFA, as additional performance information is unlikely to be informative because this appropriation is solely for payments of Student Allowances under the Social Security Act 2018. Performance information relating to the administration of the payments is provided under the Management of Student Support appropriation.

Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2019/20
Final Budgeted
$000
2020/21
Budget
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000
2023/24
Estimated
$000

Current Government

           
Extending Eligibility to Student Support to People affected by the Christchurch Mosques Terror Attack 2019/20 156 312 312 156 -
Families Package 2017/18 47 12 12 12 12
Final financial implications for the '100 days' tertiary education commitments 2017/18 131,318 143,646 150,991 150,991 150,991

Previous Government

           
Investing to Increase the Number of Engineering Graduates 2018/19 63 63 63 63 63
Family Incomes Package 2017/18 19,500 19,800 19,800 19,800 19,800
Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis: Implementation 2016/17 228 228 228 228 228
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation has increased by $60.929 million to $640.828 million in 2020/21 mainly due to:

  • an increase of $54 million for an expected increase in the number of people, and
  • an increase of $7 million for inflation adjustments to the payment rates.
Conditions on Use of Appropriation
Reference Conditions
Student Allowances are paid under the Student Allowances Regulations 1998

Student Allowances are paid to assist eligible students with their living expenses while they undertake full-time study. This appropriation also includes accommodation benefit payable to Student Allowance recipients meeting certain criteria. A student is eligible for a Student Allowance if he or she is:

  • a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident of New Zealand for at least three years, or is recognised under the Immigration Act 2009 as a refugee or protected person, or is a family member sponsored by a permanent resident who is a recognised refugee or protected person
  • enrolled in a full time course/programme approved by the Tertiary Education Commission, or in a full-time course and secondary instruction, and
  • aged 18 or over if undertaking secondary or tertiary study (under certain circumstances 16-17 year-old students may be eligible), and meets certain income tests.

The range of Student Allowance rates that students are paid vary according to living circumstances: eligibility for allowances payable to students aged under 24 years (previously 25 years) without supported children are dependent on the taxable income of both parents and include an "at home" or "away from home" rate depending on the student's living circumstances, Allowances payable to single students aged 24 years or over are not targeted on parental income and do include an "at home" or "away from home" rate depending on the student's living circumstances, and rates to sole parents with children are the same as for the Sole Parent Support. This Allowance is inclusive of taxation and is after deductions for debt establishments.

Student Allowance Transfer Grant is paid under the Student Allowance Transfer Grant Programme, saved by clause 21 of Schedule 1 of the Social Security Act 2018 as if it were a special assistance programme approved and established under section 101 of the Social Security Act 2018 The Student Allowance Transfer Grant Programme pays a non-taxable amount to students with a dependant (spouse or child) who would otherwise suffer hardship during the stand-down period while transferring from a student allowance to a working-age benefit. The amount payable is equal to one week of the net benefit amount (after abatement) and after deducting any other payment made.

Study Scholarships and Awards (M63)

Scope of Appropriation
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.
Expenses
  2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24
Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Estimated
$000
Estimated
$000
Estimated
$000
Total Appropriation 20,667 20,667 25,667 23,167 20,426 20,426
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve employment and social outcomes by providing financial support to eligible students to undertake tertiary study.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

An exemption was granted under s15D(2)(b)(ii) of the PFA, as additional performance information is unlikely to be informative because this appropriation is solely for payments of Study Scholarships and Awards under the Education Act 1989. Performance information relating to the administration of the payment is provided under the Management of Student Support appropriation.

Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2019/20
Final Budgeted
$000
2020/21
Budget
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000
2023/24
Estimated
$000

Current Government

           
Teacher Supply - Continuing to Increase the Levels of Teacher Supply for the Future 2019/20 1,500 6,500 4,000 1,259 1,259
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation has increased by $5 million to $25.667 million in 2020/21 due to an increase in demand for Teach NZ Scholarships.

Conditions on Use of Appropriation
Reference Conditions
Scholarship and NQF/NCEA Awards are paid under Cabinet decisions Scholarship and NQF/NCEA Awards are paid under Cabinet decisions
TeachNZ Scholarships are awarded under section 139E of the Education Act 1989 TeachNZ Scholarships assist with study to become an early childhood education teacher, a Maori medium teacher or a teacher of specific secondary school subjects. Scholarship recipients have fees paid, and full-time students receive an additional non-taxable allowance for costs. Scholarship recipients are bonded to teach in New Zealand for a period equivalent to the period of assistance, and may have all or part of their scholarship payments recovered as a Student Loan under section 307AC of the Education Act 1989 if the bond is breached.

Supported Living Payment (M63)

Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to means-tested income support for people who are eligible for the Supported Living Payment, paid in accordance with criteria set out in, or in delegated legislation made under, the Social Security Act 2018.
Expenses
  2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24
Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Estimated
$000
Estimated
$000
Estimated
$000
Total Appropriation 1,666,505 1,644,905 1,806,819 1,850,498 1,936,672 2,031,230
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve employment and social outcomes by providing income support to people who are permanently and severely restricted in their capacity to work, or who are giving full-time care at home to a person who would otherwise require hospital or similar care.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

An exemption was granted under s15D(2)(b)(ii) of the PFA, as additional performance information is unlikely to be informative because this appropriation is solely for payments of Supported Living Payment under the Social Security Act 2018. Performance information relating to the administration of the payments is provided under the Improved Employment and Social Outcomes Support MCA.

Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2019/20
Final Budgeted
$000
2020/21
Budget
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000
2023/24
Estimated
$000

Current Government

           
Superannuation and Veteran's Pension - Modernising and Simplifying 2020/21 - 3,167 10,173 15,927 15,927
Benefits for Recent Migrants - Continuing Current Residency Requirements 2020/21 - 512 1,046 1,321 1,348
COVID-19: Overview of the Government's Response: Economic Package 2019/20 37,025 150,507 156,049 160,951 166,077
Impact of COVID-19 on the Ministry of Social Development's Operating Model 2019/20 3 3 - - -
Incomes for People Receiving Benefits - Indexing Main Benefits, Removing Deductions and Changing Abatement Thresholds 2019/20 6,042 29,494 49,148 64,536 64,536
Initial Income Stand-Downs: Policy Settings and Options for Change 2019/20 284 479 - - -
Families Package 2017/18 16,163 16,163 16,163 16,163 16,163

Previous Government

           
Benefits for Recent Migrants - Tightening Access 2018/19 (1,046) (1,321) (1,321) (1,321) (1,321)
The next Three-Year Refugee Quota Programme 2018/19 312 464 586 586 586
Community Organisation Refugee Sponsorship Category 2017/18 11 11 11 11 11
Family Incomes Package 2017/18 (16,163) (16,163) (16,163) (16,163) (16,163)
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation has increased by $161.914 million to $1,806.819 million in 2020/21 mainly due to:

  • an increase of $114 million for policy adjustments including the COVID-19 Economic Package, and
  • an increase of $42 million for wage growth adjustments to the benefit rates.
Conditions on Use of Appropriation
Reference Conditions
Sections 34-42 of the Social Security Act 2018 covers the Supported living payment and the Supported living payment on ground of caring for another person Supported Living Payment is paid to people on medical or caring grounds.
Supported Living Payment is paid on medical grounds to people aged 16 years or older who are assessed as having a permanent and severe sickness, injury or disability arising from accident or existing from birth (i.e. one that will last for not less than two years, or is expected to be terminal within that period) that prevents them from regularly working 15 hours or more a week in open employment. They also qualify if they are totally blind. Includes payment of an additional subsidy on earnings to recipients of Supported Living Payment in respect of their total blindness if they are employed in any occupation provided the person's total income from all sources does not exceed a specified amount.
Supported Living Payment is paid on caring grounds to people who are caring full-time for someone other than their partner who would need hospital or similar care if not in this care. This is paid to people 20 years or older, or 18 if the applicant does not have a dependent child.
The benefit is income-tested and subject to income abatement but all earnings from efforts of a totally blind person are excluded. Net weekly rates depend on age, martial and family status. The weekly amounts quoted are before Family Tax Credit payments. This appropriation is inclusive of tax and is after deductions for debt establishments and overseas pension recoveries.
This agreement allows New Zealand to make direct payments to recipients of Supported Living Payment for applications made after 1 July 2002. These payments are a function of the amount of time the recipient has lived in New Zealand and Australia.

Transitional Assistance (M63)

Scope of Appropriation
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, paid in accordance with criteria set out in, or in delegated legislation made under, the Social Security Act 2018.
Expenses
  2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24
Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Estimated
$000
Estimated
$000
Estimated
$000
Total Appropriation 252 252 650 500 500 500
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve employment and social outcomes by providing supplementary financial assistance to people who are adversely affected by changes in policy or legislation.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

An exemption was granted under s15D(2)(b)(ii) of the PFA, as additional performance information is unlikely to be informative because this appropriation is solely for payments of Transitional Assistance under the Social Security Act 2018. Performance information relating to the administration of the payments is provided under the Improved Employment and Social Outcomes Support MCA.

Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2019/20
Final Budgeted
$000
2020/21
Budget
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000
2023/24
Estimated
$000

Current Government

           
Families Package 2018/19 100 150 - - -

Previous Government

           
Family Incomes Package 2017/18 400 250 250 250 250
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation has increased by $398,000 to $650,000 in 2020/21 due the cumulative impact of previous policy decisions.

Conditions on Use of Appropriation
Reference Conditions
Transitional Assistance is paid through the Families Package (Transitional Assistance) Programme, saved by clause 21 of Schedule 1 of the Social Security Act 2018 as if it were a special assistance programme approved and established under section 101 of the Social Security Act 2018 The delegated legislation provides for financial assistance to people who are financially disadvantaged as an unintended consequence of the net effects of the Children Living in Material Hardship Package, or the effects of the Families Package.

Veterans' Pension (M75)

Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to the provision of the Veterans' Pension, and lump sum payments upon the death of a qualifying veteran or a veteran's qualifying spouse or partner, to eligible veterans and their spouses, partners and dependent children, as set out in the Veterans' Support Act 2014 and delegated legislation made under that Act.
Expenses
  2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24
Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Estimated
$000
Estimated
$000
Estimated
$000
Total Appropriation 146,481 144,881 134,430 122,535 113,928 107,223
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve social participation and independence for veterans by providing financial support.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

An exemption was granted under s15D(2)(b)(ii) of the PFA, as additional performance information is unlikely to be informative because this appropriation is solely for payments of Veterans' Pension under the War Pensions Act 1954 and the Veterans' Support Act 2014. Performance information relating to the administration of the payment is provided under the Processing of Veterans' Pensions appropriation.

Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2019/20
Final Budgeted
$000
2020/21
Budget
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000
2023/24
Estimated
$000

Current Government

           
Superannuation and Veteran's Pension - Modernising and Simplifying 2020/21 - (127) (369) (593) (593)
Incomes for People Receiving Benefits - Indexing Main Benefits, Removing Deductions and Changing Abatement Thresholds 2019/20 3 12 12 12 12
Superannuation - Increasing Incomes for Weekly Accident Compensation Corporation Claimants at or near Superannuation Qualification 2019/20 25 26 26 27 27
Superannuation - Improving Portability to Cook Islands, Niue and Tokelau 2018/19 36 38 41 41 41
Families Package 2017/18 420 515 515 515 515

Previous Government

           
Family Incomes Package 2017/18 (420) (515) (515) (515) (515)
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation has decreased by $10.451 million to $134.430 million in 2020/21 mainly due to an expected decrease in the number of people.

Conditions on Use of Appropriation
Reference Conditions
Veterans' Pension paid in accordance with the criteria set out in the Veterans' Support Act 2014 Veterans' Pension is payable in the circumstances set out in the Veterans' Support Act 2014. This includes payment to ex-service personnel who served in the armed forces in a declared war or emergency, and have either: reached the qualifying age for New Zealand Superannuation and qualify Superannuation or who were entitled to receive a veterans' pension under the War Pensions Act 1954. A veteran can also be entitled to a pension if he or she was receiving a veterans' pension under the War Pensions Act 1954 by reason of infirmity and has not reached the New Zealand Superannuation qualification age, or if he or she were receiving a war disablement pension immediately before the commencement of Part 3 of Veterans' Support Act 2014. The rates of payment are the same as for New Zealand Superannuation. The spouses of deceased Veterans' Pension recipients continue to receive it if entitled under the Veterans' Support Act 2014.

Winter Energy Payment (M63)

Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to the Winter Energy Payment, paid to eligible people in accordance with criteria set out in, or in delegated legislation made under, the Social Security Act 2018.
Expenses
  2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24
Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Estimated
$000
Estimated
$000
Estimated
$000
Total Appropriation 702,312 682,312 879,607 543,008 532,114 529,370
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve positive social outcomes by providing financial support to meet heating related costs during winter.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

An exemption was granted under s15D(2)(b)(ii) of the PFA, as additional performance information is unlikely to be informative because this appropriation is solely for payments of the Winter Energy Payment under the Social Security Act 2018. Performance information relating to the administration of the payment is provided under the Improved Employment and Social Outcomes Support MCA.

Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2019/20
Final Budgeted
$000
2020/21
Budget
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000
2023/24
Estimated
$000

Current Government

           
COVID-19: Overview of the Government's Response: Economic Package 2019/20 188,849 290,851 - - -
Incomes for People Receiving Benefits - Indexing Main Benefits, Removing Deductions and Changing Abatement Thresholds 2019/20 40 295 490 617 617
Families Package 2018/19 447,845 454,956 464,923 464,923 464,923
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation has increased by $197.295 million to $879.607 million in 2020/21 mainly due to:

  • an increase of $102 million for the COVID-19 Economic Package, and
  • an increase of $95 million for an expected increase in the number of people.
Conditions on Use of Appropriation
Reference Conditions
The Winter Energy Payment is paid in accordance with sections 70-74 and Schedule 4, Part 8 of the Social Security Act 2018 The Winter Energy Payment is payable to recipients of a qualifying benefit (a main benefit, New Zealand superannuation or a veteran's pension) by weekly or fortnightly instalments during the winter period of 22 weeks starting on 1 May. If a couple are both receiving a qualifying benefit, only one of them is eligible for the Winter Energy Payment. It is not generally payable to people receiving funded long-term residential care or residential care services or to people who have elected not to receive it. The payment is not payable for 1 or more absences from New Zealand exceeding 4 weeks during the winter period. The rate of the payment depends on marital or family status.

Work Assistance (M63)

Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to payments to beneficiaries, low income earners, students and ex beneficiaries to assist them to obtain and maintain employment, paid in accordance with criteria set out in, or in delegated legislation made under, the Social Security Act 2018.
Expenses
  2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24
Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Estimated
$000
Estimated
$000
Estimated
$000
Total Appropriation 2,580 2,223 2,568 2,654 2,686 2,739
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve employment and social outcomes by providing financial support to people who are transitioning or have recently transitioned into employment to sustain their employment.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

An exemption was granted under s15D(2)(b)(ii) of the PFA, as additional performance information is unlikely to be informative because this appropriation is solely for payments of Work Assistance under the Social Security Act 2018. Performance information relating to the administration of the payments is provided under the Improved Employment and Social Outcomes Support MCA.

Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation has increased by $345,000 to $2.568 million in 2020/21 mainly due to an expected increase in the average rate paid per person (before inflation adjustments).

Conditions on Use of Appropriation
Reference Conditions
New Employment Transition Grants are paid under the New Employment Transition Grant Programme, saved by clause 21 of Schedule 1 of the Social Security Act 2018 as if it were a special assistance programme approved and established under section 101 of the Social Security Act 2018 New Employment Transition Grants provide payments to clients with a dependent child or children during the first six months that their benefit is stopped due to gaining employment. A payment can be made when the client is unable to work because they, their partner or dependent children become sick or because of a breakdown in childcare arrangements. Payments are non-taxable and non-recoverable.
Employment Transition Assistance is paid under the Employment Transition Programme, saved by clause 21 of Schedule 1 of the Social Security Act 2018 as if it were a special assistance programme approved and established under section 101 of the Social Security Act 2018 The Employment Transition Assistance pays assistance to former Supported Living Payment - sickness, injury, or disability recipients who have completed an Employment Trial (this is when a person on Supported Living Payment can work 15 hours or more in open employment for an agreed period of up to six months without losing eligibility to Supported Living Payment) and who would otherwise experience a drop in income when they lose eligibility to Supported Living Payment at the end of the trial. The Assistance is non-taxable.
Seasonal Work Assistance is paid under the Seasonal Work Assistance Programme, saved by clause 21 of Schedule 1 of the Social Security Act 2018 as if it were a special assistance programme approved and established under section 101 of the Social Security Act 2018 Seasonal Work Assistance provides assistance to people who left benefit to take up seasonal horticultural work and who cannot work and lose income due to adverse weather conditions. It pays a non-taxable weekly amount up to the net income lost for the week, subject to a maximum that depends on the client's family circumstances. The Assistance is non-taxable.
Work Bonus is paid under the Work Bonus Programme, saved by clause 21 of Schedule 1 of the Social Security Act 2018 as if it were a special assistance programme approved and established under section 101 of the Social Security Act 2018 Work Bonus provides a non-recoverable financial incentive to people who leave benefit for paid employment. It is an entitlement available to qualifying recipients of Sole Parent Support who do not have work-test obligations and Supported Living Payment on grounds of sickness, injury, disability or total blindness, and Emergency Benefit analogous to either of these two benefits. The Work Bonus incentive is non-taxable.

Youth Payment and Young Parent Payment (M63)

Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to income support and incentive payments for people who are eligible for the Youth Payment or Young Parent Payment, paid in accordance with criteria set out in, or in delegated legislation made under, the Social Security Act 2018.
Expenses
  2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24
Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Estimated
$000
Estimated
$000
Estimated
$000
Total Appropriation 56,261 53,861 63,633 61,009 61,804 65,101
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve employment and social outcomes by providing income support and incentive payments to young people and young parents.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

An exemption was granted under s15D(2)(b)(ii) of the PFA, as additional performance information is unlikely to be informative because this appropriation is solely for payments of Youth Payment and Young Parent Payment under the Social Security Act 2018. Performance information relating to the administration of the payments is provided under the Improved Employment and Social Outcomes Support MCA.

Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2019/20
Final Budgeted
$000
2020/21
Budget
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000
2023/24
Estimated
$000

Current Government

           
Benefits for Recent Migrants - Continuing Current Residency Requirements 2020/21 - 25 51 52 53
COVID-19: Overview of the Government's Response: Economic Package 2019/20 1,057 4,522 4,653 4,835 5,113
Incomes for People Receiving Benefits - Indexing Main Benefits, Removing Deductions and Changing Abatement Thresholds 2019/20 171 873 1,488 2,007 2,007
Initial Income Stand-Downs: Policy Settings and Options for Change 2019/20 83 149 - - -
Families Package 2017/18 440 440 440 440 440

Previous Government

           
Benefits for Recent Migrants - Tightening Access 2018/19 (51) (52) (52) (52) (52)
Family Incomes Package 2017/18 (440) (440) (440) (440) (440)
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation has increased by $9.772 million to $63.633 million in 2020/21 mainly due to:

  • an increase of $4 million for an expected increase in the number of people
  • an increase of $4 million for policy adjustments including the COVID-19 Economic Package, and
  • an increase of $2 million for revised wage and benefit numbers since the $25 increase in benefit payments policy was costed.
Conditions on Use of Appropriation
Reference Conditions
Youth Payment and Young Parent Payment are paid under sections 49-62 of the Social Security Act 2018 Youth Payment provides support to unemployed 16-17 year-olds who are in or available for full-time education, training or work-based learning, where it is inappropriate for them to obtain financial support from their parents or they are married, in a civil union or a de facto relationship. Youth Payment can continue after the young person turns 18 in some circumstances.Young Parent Payment provides support to unemployed 18 and 19 year-old parents who are in or available for full-time education, training or work-based learning, and 16 and 17 year old parents who are in or available for full-time education, training or work-based learning, where it is inappropriate for them to obtain financial support from their parents or they are married, in a civil union or a de facto relationship.
In addition to the obligation to be in or available for full-time education, training or work-based learning, Youth Payment and Young Parent Payment recipients have an obligation to participate in budgeting activities. Young Parent Payment recipients have an additional obligation to participate in a parenting programme, to enrol their children with a Primary Healthcare Organisation, to keep their children under 5 up to date with Well Child checks and to use suitable childcare while they participate in education, training, work-based learning or part-time work.
Young Parent Payment can continue after the young parent turns 20 in some circumstances.
These Payments are taxable and are after deductions for debt establishments.
The Young Parent and Youth Payments can include the payment of additional $10 weekly incentive payments for meeting education and training, budgeting and parenting obligations. The incentive payments are non-taxable.

 

3.4 - Non-Departmental Other Expenses

Debt Write-downs (M63)

Scope of Appropriation
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.
Expenses
  2019/20 2020/21
Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 78,789 78,789 79,579
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve accurate valuations of outstanding debt in accordance with generally accepted accounting practice.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

An exemption was granted under s15D(2)(b)(ii) of the PFA, as additional performance information is unlikely to be informative because this is a technical accounting appropriation solely to record the amount of debt write-downs and provisions for debt write-down resulting from the need to value the amount of outstanding debt in accordance with generally accepted accounting practice.

Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation decreased by $973,000 to $79.579 million for 2020/21. This is mainly due to a change in the level of outstanding debt and the rates used to calculate the debt write-down provision.

Emergency Housing Support Package (M37)

Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to the provision of products and services to help families with children who are living in emergency housing accommodation and who have received, and remain eligible to receive Emergency Housing Special Needs Grants, paid in accordance with criteria set out in, or in delegated legislation made under, the Social Security Act 2018.
Expenses
  2019/20 2020/21
Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 1,300 1,300 2,600
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve support for the children of families receiving Emergency Housing Special Needs Grants living in an emergency housing environment, to support meeting the education, early childhood and wellbeing needs that are associated with the stresses of living in an emergency housing environment and where these needs/costs cannot be met through existing policies, services and initiatives or funding.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

An exemption was granted under s15D(2)(b)(iii) of the PFA as the amount of this annual appropriation for a Non-Departmental Output Expense is less than $5 million.

Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation increased by $1.300 million to $2.600 million for 2020/21 due to an increase in funding for a flexible funding policy to support meeting education, early childhood and wellbeing needs for families with children in emergency housing accommodation.

Extraordinary Care Fund (M63)

Scope of Appropriation
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.
Expenses
  2019/20 2020/21
Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 2,308 2,308 2,308
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve more children in care reaching their full potential.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

An exemption was granted under s15D(2)(b)(iii) of the PFA as the amount of this annual appropriation for a Non-Departmental Output Expense is less than $5 million.

Out of School Care and Recreation Programmes (M63)

Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to the provision of assistance to Out of School Care and Recreation programmes approved in accordance with regulations made under the Social Security Act 2018, to assist with the establishment and/or operating costs of OSCAR programmes.
Expenses
  2019/20 2020/21
Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 26,299 26,299 21,939
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve increased opportunities for parents and caregivers to gain and sustain employment.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

Performance measures and targets are subject to the impact of COVID-19.

Assessment of Performance 2019/20 2020/21
Final Budgeted
Standard
Estimated
Actual
Budget
Standard

Percentage of identified service gaps filled a year.

100% 100% 100%

Percentage of providers that successfully meet attendance record quality sampling (see Note 1).

90% 90% 90%

Percentage of Out of School Care and Recreation (OSCAR) programmes that successfully meet monitoring visit requirements (see Note 2).

90% 90% 90%

Note 1 - Each year we undertake a sample of provider attendance reports to ensure that attendance matches or exceeds funded places.

Note 2 - Requirements include viewing the attendance records for the day, ensuring the correct funded venue, assessing the general quality of delivery and observing child engagement. Together with the above measure this demonstrates that service quality and reporting requirements are being met, helping to ensure service continuity.

The following information is provided for context only
  2016/17 2017/18 2018/19
The number of contracted places for children aged 5-14 years participating in funded OSCAR programmes 52,637 57,215 54,557
Percentage of granted applications processed 91% 91% 90%
The five most common reasons for application decline:      
  • 'Other'
1,324 1,011 923
  • Excess income
394 362 385
  • Application process not completed
271 302 511
  • Lack of representation
186 370 308
  • Insufficient hours
71 41 38
Number of childcare providers registered and receiving a subsidy 947 951 927
End of Year Performance Reporting

Performance information for this appropriation will be reported by the Ministry for Social Development in the Vote Social Development Non-Departmental Appropriations Report.

Service Providers
Provider 2019/20
Final Budgeted
$000
2019/20
Estimated Actual
$000
2020/21
Budget
$000
Expiry of
Resourcing
Commitment
Schools Out Limited 524 524 467 30 June 2022
YMCA North Incorporated 444 444 Under negotiation 30 June 2020
Auckland Council 353 353 Under negotiation 30 June 2020
YMCA Central Incorporated 245 245 245 30 June 2021
Kids After School Limited 239 239 Under negotiation 30 June 2020
There are a further 543 providers with contracts that range from $1,825 to $207,637 24,494 24,494 21,227  
Total 26,299 26,299 21,939  

The table above presents the top five service providers who have funding arrangements with the Ministry of Social Development under this output as at 13 March 2020.

Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2019/20
Final Budgeted
$000
2020/21
Budget
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000
2023/24
Estimated
$000

Current Government

           
Continued Viability of Out of School Care and Recreation Service Providers 2020/21 - 2,400 2,400 2,400 2,400
Funding and Safety of Childcare for Essential Workers 2019/20 6,760 - - - -
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation decreased by $4.360 million to $21.939 million for 2020/21. This is due to a reduction of $6.760 million as a result of a one-off fund in 2019/20 to provide childcare to essential workers during the lockdown period for COVID-19. This is offset by an increase of $2.400 million to address cost pressures of Out of School Care and Recreation service providers.

Reimbursement of Income Related Rent Overpayments (M37)

Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to reimbursing overpayments resulting from the reassessment of the Income Related Rent.
Expenses
  2019/20 2020/21
Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation 4,000 4,000 4,000
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to ensure that the Ministry can reimburse a tenant that has been assessed as overpaying their Income Related Rent, following any review of their entitlement.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

An exemption was granted under s15D(2)(b)(iii) of the PFA as the amount of this annual appropriation for a non-departmental output expense is less than $5 million.

Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2019/20
Final Budgeted
$000
2020/21
Budget
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000
2023/24
Estimated
$000

Current Government

           
Financial decisions required prior to Day 1 of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development 2018/19 3,200 3,200 3,200 3,200 3,200

3.5 - Non-Departmental Capital Expenditure

Children's Commissioner Capital Injection (M63)

Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to capital injections to the Office of the Children's Commissioner for their capital programme.
Capital Expenditure
  2019/20 2020/21
Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Total Appropriation - - 250
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to improve the Children's Commissioner's document management system and upgrade its website.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

Performance measures and targets are subject to the impact of COVID-19.

The Office of the Children's Commission will upgrade its website and implement a new document management system by 30 June 2021.

End of Year Performance Reporting

Performance information for this appropriation will be reported by the Office of the Children's Commissioner in its Annual Report.

Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2019/20
Final Budgeted
$000
2020/21
Budget
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000
2023/24
Estimated
$000

Current Government

           
Office of the Children's Commissioner: Addressing Cost Pressure and Additional Capacity 2020/21 - 250 - - -
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This is a newly created appropriation in 2020/21.

Recoverable Assistance (M63)

Scope of Appropriation
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, paid in accordance with criteria set out in, or in delegated legislation made under, the Social Security Act 2018.
Capital Expenditure
  2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24
Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Estimated
$000
Estimated
$000
Estimated
$000
Total Appropriation 387,808 359,808 501,047 478,482 456,325 445,402
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve employment and social outcomes by providing recoverable financial support to, or in respect of, people in financial hardship in specific circumstances.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

An exemption was granted under s15D(2)(b)(ii) of the PFA, as additional performance information is unlikely to be informative because this appropriation is solely for recoverable assistance payments as a facility for low-income earners and beneficiaries to access means-tested assistance in accordance with criteria set out in the Social Security Act 2018. Performance information relating to the administration of the payments is provided under the Improved Employment and Social Outcomes Support MCA and the Investigation of Overpayments and Fraudulent Payments and Collection of Overpayments appropriation.

Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2019/20
Final Budgeted
$000
2020/21
Budget
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000
2023/24
Estimated
$000

Current Government

           
Initial Income Stand-Downs: Policy Settings and Options for Change 2019/20 (1,325) (2,209) - - -
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation has increased by $141.239 million to $501.047 million in 2020/21 mainly due to an expected increase in the number of grants.

Conditions on Use of Appropriation
Reference Conditions
Payments are made under the Recoverable Assistance Programme for non-beneficiaries, and relevant parts of the Special Needs Grants Programme- both saved by clause 21 of Schedule 1 of the Social Security Act 2018 as they were a special assistance programme approved and established under section 101 of the Social Security Act 2018.
The direction on Advance Payments of Instalments of Benefit is made pursuant to section 7 of the Social Security Act 2018.
The Sole Parent Study Assistance Programme is saved by clause 21 of Schedule 1 of the Social Security Act 2018 as if it were a special assistance programme approved and established under section 101 of the Social Security Act 2018
Access to Recoverable Assistance is regulated by the Social Security Act 2018. The types of assistance include:
  • Advance Payment of Benefit
  • Recoverable Special Needs Grants including DPB Sole Parent Study Assistance
  • Recoverable Assistance Programme
The provisions of the Social Security Act 2018 that cover pre-employment or pre-training drug tests are sections 257-266 Work-tested beneficiaries are required to pass pre-employment or pre-training drug tests required by a prospective employer or training course. Third parties can be reimbursed for drug-tests.

Student Loans (M57)

Scope of Appropriation
This appropriation is limited to loans to tertiary students undertaking studies at approved tertiary institutions in accordance with Cabinet decisions.
Capital Expenditure
  2019/20 2020/21 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24
Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000
Estimated
$000
Estimated
$000
Estimated
$000
Total Appropriation 1,508,144 1,458,144 1,648,185 1,680,713 1,647,845 1,603,685
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve employment and social outcomes by providing financial support to eligible students to undertake tertiary study.

How Performance will be Assessed and End of Year Reporting Requirements

An exemption was granted under s15D(2)(b)(ii) of the PFA, as additional performance information is unlikely to be informative because this appropriation is solely for payments of Student Loans. Performance information relating to the administration of the Loans is provided under the Management of Student Loans appropriation.

Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2019/20
Final Budgeted
$000
2020/21
Budget
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000
2023/24
Estimated
$000

Current Government

           
Extending Eligibility to Student Support to People Affected by the Christchurch Mosques Terror Attack 2019/20 38 96 115 57 -
Home-Based ECE Review - Improving the Quality of Home-Based Early Childhood Education 2018/19 188 543 619 226 226
Funding Education Initiatives Using Headroom and Underspends in Vote Tertiary Education 2018/19 3,494 3,837 4,059 4,299 4,299
Tertiary Education Annual Maximum Fee Movement 2018/19 4,117 4,472 4,608 4,608 4,608
Final financial implications for the '100 days' tertiary education commitments 2017/18 (113,807) (90,361) (90,467) (90,467) (90,467)

Previous Government

           
Annual Maximum Fee Movement for 2017 and 2018 2016/17 6,978 6,978 6,978 6,978 6,978
Response to the Syrian Refugee Crisis: Implementation 2016/17 35 35 35 35 35
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation has increased by $190.041 million to $1,648.185 million in 2020/21 mainly due to an increase in the number of loan borrowers.

Conditions on Use of Appropriation
Reference Conditions
Student Loans Scheme Act 2011 The Student Loan Scheme Act 2011 provides for the collection of Student Loan repayment and Bonded Scholarships.

 

Part 4 - Details of Multi-Category Expenses and Capital Expenditure

Multi-Category Expenses and Capital Expenditure

Community Support Services (M63)

Overarching Purpose Statement
The single overarching purpose of this appropriation is to prevent and reduce vulnerability and harm for individuals, families and communities.
Scope of Appropriation
Departmental Output Expenses
Developing and Managing Community Services
This category is limited to approving, monitoring, contracting and managing the relationships with community-based service providers; engaging with communities and developing services.
Non-Departmental Output Expenses

Community Support and Advice
This category is limited to services that build financial capability, develop community and provider capability and provide targeted advice and support for vulnerable individuals and families.

Expansion of Kainga Whanau Ora pilot
This category is limited to the expansion and continuation of the Kainga Whanau Ora pilot.

Improving Children's Participation in Education
This category is limited to programmes and services that enable children to better engage and participate in education.

Participation and Support Services for Seniors
This category is limited to services that address isolation, abuse and neglect of older people, and support participation in communities.

Supporting Victims and Perpetrators of Family and Sexual Violence
This category is limited to services that support victims of family and sexual violence and address perpetrator behaviour.

Non-Departmental Other Expenses
Community Response to Adverse or Emergency Events
This category is limited to financial support for communities that have been impacted by an adverse or emergency event.
Expenses, Revenue and Capital Expenditure
  2019/20 2020/21
Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000

Total Appropriation

161,773 161,773 198,957

Departmental Output Expenses

     
Developing and Managing Community Services 32,426 32,426 31,948

Non-Departmental Output Expenses

     
Community Support and Advice 27,521 27,521 30,289
Expansion of Kainga Whanau Ora pilot 2,315 2,315 2,292
Improving Children's Participation in Education 1,550 1,550 1,550
Participation and Support Services for Seniors 3,103 3,103 4,884
Supporting Victims and Perpetrators of Family and Sexual Violence 91,018 91,018 127,034

Non-Departmental Other Expenses

     
Community Response to Adverse or Emergency Events 3,840 3,840 960

Funding for Departmental Output Expenses

     

Revenue from the Crown

32,426 32,426 31,948
Developing and Managing Community Services 32,426 32,426 31,948
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to improve access for families and whanau to services which address hardship and adverse life outcomes.

How Performance will be Assessed for this Appropriation

Performance measures and targets are subject to the impact of COVID-19.

Assessment of Performance 2019/20 2020/21
Final Budgeted
Standard
Estimated
Actual
Budget
Standard

Overarching Measure

     

The number of people accessing Community Support services.

84,100 84,100 84,100
What is Intended to be Achieved with each Category and How Performance will be Assessed

Performance measures and targets are subject to the impact of COVID-19.

  2019/20 2020/21
Assessment of Performance Final Budgeted
Standard
Estimated
Actual
Budget
Standard

Departmental Output Expenses

     

Developing and Managing Community Services

     

This category is intended to achieve effective and efficient community services that meet community needs and reduce vulnerability.

     
Social Services Accreditation:
     

The percentage of providers who rate their accreditation as a fair and professional service will be no less than

80% 80% 80%

The percentage of assessments completed within the specified timeframe (see Note 1) will be no less than

80% 80% 80%
Result Measurement Framework:
     

The percentage of all contracted services which achieved or exceeded the target for their primary contracted measure will be no less than

75% 75% 75%

Non-Departmental Output Expenses

     

Community Support and Advice

     

This category is intended to achieve increased financial capability and improved wellbeing of vulnerable individuals and families.

     
Building Financial Capability:
     

The percentage of clients who complete the programmes Financial mentor, MoneyMates and/or Kahukura and report having their needs met will be no less than (see Note 2)

80% 80% 80%
Sector Umbrella Groups:
     

The percentage of member agencies who report that they are better able to deliver their services as a result of the support offered by the umbrella organisation will be no less than (see Note 3)

90% 90% 90%
Microfinance Partnership (see Note 4):
     

The percentage of loans approved during the reporting period will be no less than

25% 25% 25%

Expansion of Kainga Whanau Ora pilot

     

This category is intended to achieve improvement for families who are living in public housing using a Whanau Ora navigation approach.

     

An exemption was granted under s15D(2)(b)(iii) of the PFA as the amount of this annual appropriation for a Non-departmental output expense is less than $5 million.

Exempted Exempted Exempted

Improving Children's Participation in Education

     

This category is intended to achieve an improvement in children's engagement and participation in education.

     

An exemption was granted under s.15D(2)(b)(iii) of the PFA as the amount of this annual appropriation for a Non-departmental output expense is less than $5 million.

Exempted Exempted Exempted

Participation and Support Services for Seniors

     

This category is intended to achieve a reduction in the number of abused and neglected older people.

     
Elder Abuse Response Service (see Note 5)
     

The percentage of clients who indicate they have greater control over their lives after receiving the Elder Abuse Response service will be no less than (see Note 6)

80% 80% 80%

Supporting Victims and Perpetrators of Family and Sexual Violence

     

This category is intended to achieve a reduction in the number of victims and perpetrators of family and sexual violence.

     

The number of people accessing family and sexual violence services will be no less than (see Note 7)

30,500 30,500 30,500

The percentage of victims of family violence who reported they are satisfied or very satisfied with the Family Centred, Long Term Recovery and/or Crisis family violence service will be no less than (see Note 2)

New measure New measure 80%

The percentage of victims of sexual violence who reported they received the support they needed, when they needed it will be no less than (see Note 2)

New measure New measure 80%

The percentage of clients (see Note 8) who show a decrease in risk factors will be no less than

New measure New measure 80%

By 30 June 2021, the expansion of the Ministry's family violence prevention approach as agreed to under Budget 19 will be no less than (see Note 9)

New measure New measure 90%

Non-Departmental Other Expenses

     

Community Response to Adverse or Emergency Events

     

This category is intended to achieve increased local resilience through the use of community grants or essential community-led solutions.

     

The number of grants provided through the Community Awareness and Preparedness Grant fund will be no less than

768 768 192

Performance measures and targets are subject to the impact of COVID-19.

Note 1 - The Service Level Agreement states that the specified timeframe is 30 working days.

Note 2 - Provider-administered client surveys are undertaken every quarter (results are aggregated by the provider and reported to the Ministry as per contractual requirements). The year-end result is an average of total surveys within the financial year.

Note 3 - Provider-administered client surveys are undertaken annually (results are aggregated by the provider and reported to the Ministry as per contractual requirements).

Note 4 - By receiving a microfinance loan, clients increase their ability to purchase essential goods and services on fair, safe and affordable terms.

Note 5 - This is a relatively new service and the Ministry is working with the sector to embed good practice around related results measurement and reporting.

Note 6 - Provider-administered client surveys are undertaken every six months (results are aggregated by the provider and reported to the Ministry as per contractual requirements). The year-end result is an average of total surveys within the financial year.

Note 7 - This is an interim measure, pending related guidance from the newly established Joint Venture Business Unit (on family and sexual violence), as well as MSD's developing family violence funding strategy. It reflects the general availability of related services.

Note 8 - Clients who have completed the Harmful Sexual Behaviour service.

Note 9 - MSD's family violence prevention approach includes three key initiatives - E Tu Whanau, Pasefika Proud and the Campaign for Action on Family Violence (including 'It's Not OK'). In partnership with community, MSD has developed new five-year Frameworks for Change for each of these initiatives.

The following information is provided for context only
  2016/17 2017/18 2018/19

Developing and Managing Community Services

     

Social Services Accreditation

     
Number of accredited providers (see Note 1) Not available 1,984 1,985
Number of assessments completed (total) 1,278 1,339 1,330
Number of Special Investigations (see Note 2) 6 2 2

Community Support and Advice

     
Number of Building Financial Capability sessions offered Not available Not available 106,000

Microfinance Partnership

     
Number of loan applications received Not available 1,021
(see Note 3)
2,121

Participation and Support Services for Seniors

     

Elder Abuse Response Service

     
Number of people who accessed elder abuse response services 709 990 2,368

Supporting Victims and Perpetrators of Family and Sexual Violence

     
Number of people who accessed sexual violence support services Not available 7,690 15,058
Number of Family Violence Support Prevention programmes provided Not available 675 483

Note 1 - For Ministry of Social Development, Oranga Tamariki, Department of Corrections and Ministry of Justice, and for 2017/18 the addition of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development.

Note 2 - Social Services Accreditation can carry out a special investigation (outside of the normal accreditation cycle), when it seems possible that the provider's service appears not to be meeting the Social Sector Accreditation Standards or when a provider has not adequately addressed matters that may have arisen from a complaint.

Note 3 - Six month period from July to December 2018.

Service Providers for the Multi-Category Appropriation
Provider 2019/20
Final Budgeted
$000
2019/20
Estimated Actual
$000
2020/21
Budget
$000
Expiry of
Resourcing
Commitment

Community Support and Advice

       
FinCap 1,287 1,287 1,357 30 June 2022
Emerge Aotearoa Limited 1,250 1,250 1,250 30 June 2023
Good Shepherd New Zealand 1,141 1,141 1,141 30 June 2023
National Collective of Independent Women's Refuges Incorporated 1,061 1,061 1,040 30 June 2023
The Salvation Army New Zealand Trust 914 914 799 30 June 2021
Other 187 providers with contracts that range from $2,300 to 541,500 21,868 21,868 24,702  

Total Community Support and Advice

27,521

27,521

30,289

 

Expansion of Kainga Whanau Ora pilot

       
Te Tihi O Ruahine Whanau Ora Alliance Charitable Trust 2,315 2,315 2,292 30 June 2021

Total Expansion of Kainga Whanau Ora pilot

2,315

2,315

2,292

 

Improvising Children's Participation in Education

       
Fonterra Co-Operative Group Limited 960 960 960 30 June 2021
KidsCan Charitable Trust 455 455 350 30 June 2021
New Zealand Health Association Limited 135 135 240 30 June 2021

Total Improvising Children's Participation in Education

1,550

1,550

1,550

 

Participation and Support Services for Seniors

       
Age Concern Auckland 527 527 527 30 June 2023
Age Concern Hamilton 261 261 261 30 June 2023
Age Concern Canterbury 229 229 229 30 June 2023
Wesley Wellington Mission Incorporated 223 223 223 30 June 2023
Age Concern Hawkes Bay Incorporated 192 192 192 30 June 2023
Other 19 providers with contracts that range from $7,700 to 149,900 1,671 1,671 3,452  

Total Participation and Prevention Services for Seniors

3,103

3,103

4,884

 

Supporting Victims and Perpetrators of Family and Sexual Violence

       
National Collective of Independent Women's Refuges Incorporated 11,835 11,835 11,835 30 June 2023
HELP 2,358 2,358 3,398 30 June 2023
Bay of Plenty Sexual Assault Support Services 1,899 1,899 2,598 30 June 2023
Family Action 1,865 1,865 1,823 30 June 2023
Homecare Medical (NZ) Limited Partnership 1,669 1,669 2,631 30 June 2022
Other 267 providers with contracts that range from $5,600 to 1,458,000 71,392 71,392 104,749  

Total Supporting Victims and Perpetrators of Family and Sexual Violence

91,018

91,018

127,034

 

The above table presents the major service providers who have funding arrangements with the Ministry of Social Development under these outputs as at 13 March 2020. 

End of Year Performance Reporting

Performance information for this appropriation will be reported by the Ministry of Social Development in the Ministry of Social Development Annual Report.

Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2019/20
Final Budgeted
$000
2020/21
Budget
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000
2023/24
Estimated
$000

Current Government

           

Departmental Output Expenses

           

Developing and Managing Community Services

           
Community Services: Ensuring Continued Access to Response Services for Victims of Elder Abuse 2020/21 - 719 708 708 708
Community Services: Ensuring Continued Access to Specialist Services for Victims of Family Violence 2020/21 - 1,449 1,434 1,434 993
Community Services: Improving Access to Support Services for Communities in Regional New Zealand 2020/21 - 350 350 350 350
Extending the Pilot of The Community Organisation Refugee Sponsorship (CORS) Category 2020/21 - - 150 150 150
COVID-19 Support for Essential Social Sector Services and Communities 2019/20 200 - - - -
Integrated Community Responses: Initial Budget 19 Family Violence Contingency Draw Down 2019/20 284 - - - -
Ministry of Social Development - Loss of Economics of Scale and other Inflationary Pressures 2019/20 254 281 166 179 179
Ministry of Social Development - Remuneration Cost Pressures 2019/20 415 735 735 735 735
Refugee Quota Increase: Report back to draw down tagged contingency funding for increased settlement services 2019/20 350 450 450 450 450
Request for Drawdown from Contingency: Family Violence Prevention 2019/20 2,500 2,500 2,500 2,500 2,500
Sexual Violence Services - Developing Kaupapa Maori Services for Victims/Survivors 2019/20 375 375 310 245 245
Sexual Violence Services - Improving the Wellbeing of Male Victims/Survivors through Peer Support 2019/20 65 65 65 43 43
Sexual Violence Services - Increasing Access to Crisis Support Services for Victims/Survivors 2019/20 65 65 65 44 44
Sexual Violence Services - Support for Victims/Survivors of Sexual Violence Criminal Justice System 2019/20 129 129 65 65 65
Sexual Violence Services - Support Services for Adults Experiencing Concerning Sexual Ideation 2019/20 129 129 65 65 65
Sexual Violence Services - Support Services for Non-Mandated Adults with Harmful Sexual Behaviours 2019/20 65 65 65 43 43
Family Violence Services Delivery - Stabilising and Strengthening 2018/19 1,040 1,040 - - -
Remuneration Cost Pressures for the Ministry of Social Development 2018/19 333 333 333 333 333

Non-Departmental Output Expenses

           

Community Responses Adverse or Emergency Events

           
COVID-19 Support for Essential Social Sector Services and Communities 2019/20 3,840 960 - - -

Community Support and Advice

           
Community Services: Addressing Cost Pressures for Building Financial Capability 2020/21 - 2,425 2,425 2,425 2,425
Community Services: Improving Access to Support Services for Communities in Regional New Zealand 2020/21 - 1,728 3,046 6,722 6,722
Community Services: Strengthening Capability of Social Sector Providers 2020/21 - 480 480 480 480
Community Service Providers - Supporting Social Service Delivery 2019/20 831 831 831 831 831
COVID-19 Support for Essential Social Sector Services and Communities 2019/20 2,650 1,350 - - -
Refugee Quota Increase: Report back to draw down tagged contingency funding for increased settlement services 2019/20 350 450 450 450 450

Expansion of Kainga Whanau Ora pilot

           
Expansion of Kainga Whanau Ora 2019/20 2,315 2,292 - - -

Improving Children's Participation in Education

           
Kickstart and Kidscan - Continuing to Improve Child Wellbeing 2019/20 1,550 1,550 - - -
KickStart and KidsCan - Continuation of Programmes 2018/19 - - - - -

Participation and Support Services for Seniors

           
Community Services: Ensuring Continued Access to Response Services for Victims of Elder Abuse 2020/21 - 1,781 4,292 6,792 9,292
Community Service Providers - Supporting Social Service Delivery 2019/20 112 112 112 112 112

Supporting Victims and Perpetrators of Family and Sexual Violence

           
Community Services: Ensuring Continued Access to Specialist Services for Perpetrators of Family Violence 2020/21 - 2,500 3,500 5,000 5,000
Community Services: Ensuring Continued Access to Specialist Services for Victims of Family Violence 2020/21 - 15,551 32,566 40,566 48,007
Request for Drawdown of Budget 2019 Contingency: Family Violence Capability and Regional Support 2020/21 - 8,298 8,866 8,866 8,866
Community Service Providers - Supporting Social Service Delivery 2019/20 1,929 1,929 1,929 1,929 1,929
COVID-19 Support for Essential Social Sector Services and Communities 2019/20 7,875 4,125 - - -
Family Violence Services - Continuing Funding for the Family Violence Response Coordination Fund for One Year 2019/20 2,800 - - - -
Request for Drawdown from Contingency: Family Violence Prevention 2019/20 4,470 4,810 5,310 5,410 5,410
Sexual Violence Services - Developing Kaupapa Maori Services for Victims/Survivors, Perpetrators and Their Whanau 2019/20 1,059 1,295 1,363 1,532 1,532
Sexual Violence Services - Improving the Wellbeing of Male Victims/Survivors through Peer Support Services 2019/20 1,438 3,374 3,374 3,374 3,374
Sexual Violence Services - Increasing Access to Crisis Support Services for Victims/Survivors 2019/20 5,380 14,915 14,915 14,915 14,915
Sexual Violence Services - Support for Victims/Survivors of Sexual Violence Going through the Criminal Justice System 2019/20 104 943 1,885 2,828 2,828
Sexual Violence Services - Support Services for Adults Experiencing Concerning Sexual Ideation 2019/20 309 494 618 741 741
Sexual Violence Services - Support Services for Non-Mandated Adults with Harmful Sexual Behaviours 2019/20 2,309 3,002 3,002 3,002 3,002
Family Violence Services Delivery - Stabilising and Strengthening 2018/19 21,969 21,969 21,969 21,969 21,969

Previous Government

           

Departmental Output Expenses

           
Community Organisation Refugee Sponsorship Category 2017/18 75 75 75 75 75
Modernising Frontline Tools (End User Compute) Business Case and Request for Draw Down 2017/18 224 249 253 253 253
Ministry of Social Development - Maintaining Services 2017/18 200 197 197 197 197

Non-Departmental Output Expenses

           
E Tu Whanau Programme of Action 2017/18 - - - - -
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation has increased by $37.184 million to $198.957 million for 2020/21. This is mainly due to:

  • an increase of $17 million for ensuring continued access to specialist services for victims of family violence
  • an increase of $9.535 million for increasing access to crisis support services for victims/survivors
  • an increase of $8.298 million to support family violence capability and regional support
  • an increase of $2.500 million to ensure continued access to specialist services for perpetrators of family violence
  • an increase of $2.500 million to ensure continued access to response services for victims of elder abuse
  • an increase of $2.425 million for Building Financial Capability (BFC) services
  • an increase of $2.078 million to increase access to support services for communities in regional New Zealand
  • an increase of $1.936 million to reduce the trauma-related symptoms experienced by male victims of sexual violence, and
  • an increase of $1 million due to a one-off decrease in funding for National Sexual Violence Helpline in 2019/20 resulting in an increase in 2020/21.

The above is offset by:

  • a reduction of $8.130 million to phase down the additional support to communities impacted by COVID-19
  • a reduction of $2.800 million due to one-off funding for family violence response coordination in 2019/20 resulting in a decrease in funding in 2020/21, and
  • a reduction of $2 million due to a one-off increase in 2019/20 to meet changes in cost drivers.

Housing Support Assistances (M37)

Overarching Purpose Statement
The single overarching purpose of this appropriation is to support people to access or retain housing.
Scope of Appropriation
Non-Departmental Output Expenses
Provision to better prepare people to access and sustain private rentals
This category is limited to the provision of programmes to help prepare people to obtain and sustain private rental accommodation.
Non-Departmental Other Expenses
Non-Recoverable Housing Support Assistances
This category is limited to non-recoverable Housing Support Assistances, which help people access and/or retain housing tenancies, paid in accordance with criteria set out in delegated legislation made under the Social Security Act 2018.
Non-Departmental Capital Expenditure
Recoverable Housing Support Assistances
This category is limited to recoverable Housing Support Assistances, which help people access and/or retain housing tenancies, paid in accordance with criteria set out in delegated legislation made under the Social Security Act 2018.
Expenses, Revenue and Capital Expenditure
  2019/20 2020/21
Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000

Total Appropriation

5,146 5,146 7,400

Non-Departmental Output Expenses

     
Provision to better prepare people to access and sustain private rentals 140 140 200

Non-Departmental Other Expenses

     
Non-Recoverable Housing Support Assistances 4,006 4,006 6,200

Non-Departmental Capital Expenditure

     
Recoverable Housing Support Assistances 1,000 1,000 1,000
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to support people into a non-public housing solution. This includes people who are on the Housing Register, in public housing or have otherwise contacted us for support.

How Performance will be Assessed for this Appropriation

Performance measures and targets are subject to the impact of COVID-19.

Assessment of Performance 2019/20 2020/21
Final Budgeted
Standard
Estimated
Actual
Budget
Standard

The percentage of people who are not on the Housing Register or in public housing, or have not received an Emergency Housing Special Needs Grant, 90 calendar days after receipt of a Housing Support product (HSP) will be no less than (see Note 1)

70% 70% 70%

Note 1 - To avoid double counting, people who may have gone onto the Housing Register and moved into public housing (or emergency housing) in the 90 calendar days after receipt of an HSP will be counted only as being in public housing or emergency housing.

What is Intended to be Achieved with each Category and How Performance will be Assessed

Performance measures and targets are subject to the impact of COVID-19.

Assessment of Performance 2019/20 2020/21
Final Budgeted
Standard
Estimated
Actual
Budget
Standard

Non-Departmental Output Expenses

     

Provision to better prepare people to access and sustain private rentals

     

This category is intended to better prepare people for private rental accommodation, providing education and support to enable people to access and/or retain a housing tenancy.

     

An exemption was granted under s.15D(2)(b)(iii) of the PFA as the amount of this annual appropriation for a Non-departmental output expense is less than $5 million.

Exempted Exempted Exempted

Non-Departmental Other Expenses

     

Non-Recoverable Housing Support Assistances

     

This category is intended to better prepare people for private rental accommodation, providing non-recoverable support that can reduce barriers that people may face in accessing and/or retaining a housing tenancy.

     

The percentage of people who are not on the Housing Register or in public housing, or have not received an Emergency Housing Special Needs Grant, 90 calendar days after receipt of a non-recoverable Housing Support product (HSP) will be no less than (see Note 1)

70% 70% 70%

Non-Departmental Capital Expenditure

     

Recoverable Housing Support Assistances

     

This category is intended to better prepare people for private rental accommodation, providing recoverable support that can reduce barriers that people may face in accessing and/or retaining a housing tenancy.

     

An exemption was granted under s.15D(2)(b)(iii) of the PFA as the amount of this annual appropriation for a Non-departmental capital expense is less than $15 million.

Exempted Exempted Exempted

Note 1 - To avoid double counting, people who may have gone onto the Housing Register and moved into public housing (or emergency housing) in the 90 calendar days after receipt of an HSP will be counted only as being in public housing or emergency housing.

End of Year Performance Reporting

Performance information for this appropriation will be reported by the Ministry of Social Development in the Ministry of Social Development Annual Report.

Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2019/20
Final Budgeted
$000
2020/21
Budget
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000
2023/24
Estimated
$000

Current Government

           
Housing Support Products - Expansion to Help More People Access and Maintain Tenancies 2019/20 4,100 4,600 4,600 4,600 4,600
Financial Appropriations for Drawdown from the Consolidated Homelessness Contingency 2019/20 140 200 200 200 -
Preventing and Reducing Homelessness in New Zealand: Final Decisions on Flexible Funding Package 2019/20 1,300 2,600 2,600 2,700 -
Ministry of Housing and Urban Development: Initial Establishment 2018/19 2,600 2,600 2,600 2,600 2,600
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation has increased by $2.254 million to $7.400 million for 2020/21. This is mainly due to the MCA being established from October 2019, with a partial year of funding in 2019/20 and a full year of funding in 2020/21, resulting in an overall increase to funding levels.

Improved Employment and Social Outcomes Support (M63)

Overarching Purpose Statement
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.
Scope of Appropriation
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, and administering international social security agreements relating to disabled people, sole parents, and widows and widowers.

Improving Employment Outcomes
This category is limited to providing specified assistance, including services, to eligible people to help them move into and retain sustainable employment, in accordance with criteria set out in, or in delegated legislation made under, the Social Security Act 2018.

Improving Work Readiness Outcomes
This category is limited to providing services to eligible people to address barriers to employment to help them become work ready, in accordance with criteria set out in, or in delegated legislation made under, the Social Security Act 2018.

Expenses, Revenue and Capital Expenditure
  2019/20 2020/21
Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000

Total Appropriation

786,542 786,542 811,310

Departmental Output Expenses

     
Administering Income Support 352,676 352,676 347,056
Improving Employment Outcomes 332,977 332,977 368,007
Improving Work Readiness Outcomes 100,889 100,889 96,247

Funding for Departmental Output Expenses

     

Revenue from the Crown

782,419 782,419 807,710
Administering Income Support 348,553 348,553 343,456
Improving Employment Outcomes 332,977 332,977 368,007
Improving Work Readiness Outcomes 100,889 100,889 96,247

Revenue from Others

4,123 4,123 3,600
Administering Income Support 4,123 4,123 3,600
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to achieve improved employment and social outcomes.

How Performance will be Assessed for this Appropriation

Performance measures and targets are subject to the impact of COVID-19.

Assessment of Performance 2019/20 2020/21
Final Budgeted
Standard
Estimated
Actual
Budget
Standard

The overall proportion of clients who have exited the main benefit during the calendar year for reason of employment will be no less than (see Note 1)

45% 45% 45%

The number of exits (see Note 2) from the main benefit during the calendar year for reason of employment following an employment intervention will be no less than

18,000 18,000 18,000

Of those clients who have exited the main benefit during the calendar year for reason of employment, the proportion that did not access the main benefit again in the following six months (see Note 1):

     
  • overall
60% 60% 60%
  • following an employment intervention (see Notes 3 and 4).
Baseline year 55% 55%

Note 1 - The Budget Standard refers to the calendar year, i.e. the 2020/21 Budget Standard refers to the 2020 calendar year.

Note 2 - Clients will appear multiple times if they exit the main benefit multiple times and have been assessed for pre-exit activity each time.

Note 3 - 'Employment intervention' refers to employment-related case management, vacancy placement, contracted services (including wage subsidies) and external work readiness services.

Note 4 - Note that eligible clients can receive multiple interventions while receiving benefits, including from both work readiness and employment assistance categories.

What is Intended to be Achieved with each Category and How Performance will be Assessed

Performance measures and targets are subject to the impact of COVID-19.

Assessment of Performance 2019/20 2020/21
Final Budgeted
Standard
Estimated
Actual
Budget
Standard

Departmental Output Expenses

     

Administering Income Support

     

This category is intended to achieve accurate and efficient operation of the benefit system so that the correct amount is paid to the correct people on time.

     

The proportion of benefit entitlement assessments completed accurately will be no less than

95% 92% 95%

The proportion of benefit entitlement assessments completed within five working days will be no less than

90% 92% 90%

Improving Employment Outcomes

     

This category is intended to achieve an increase in the number of people (from those who are currently receiving or are likely to receive working-age benefits and are work ready) moving into sustainable employment.

     

The number of exits from the main benefit during the calendar year for reason of employment, following an employment outcomes intervention will be no less than (see Notes 1 to 4).

17,000 17,000 17,000

Of those clients who have exited the main benefit during the calendar year for reason of employment, following an employment outcomes intervention, the proportion that did not access the main benefit again in the following six months (see Notes 1, 3, 4).

Baseline year 55% 55%

Percentage of Employment Assistance programmes related to Employment Outcomes funding rated 'effective' (see Note 5).

90% 90% 90%

Improving Work Readiness Outcomes

     

This appropriation is intended to improve the skills and capabilities of people who are receiving or are likely to receive working-age benefits and reduce barriers to employment, to assist them to become work-ready and increase their chances of entering into sustainable work.

     

The number of exits from the main benefit during the calendar year for reason of employment, following a work readiness intervention will be no less than (see Notes 1, 2, 3, 6)

2,000 2,000 2,000

Of those clients who have exited the main benefit during the calendar year for reason of employment, following a work readiness intervention, the proportion that did not access the main benefit again in the following six months (see Notes 1, 3, 6).

Baseline year 55% 55%

Percentage of Employment Assistance programmes related to Work Readiness funding, rated 'effective' (see Note 5).

90% 90% 90%

Note 1 - The Budget Standard refers to the calendar year, i.e. the 2020/21 Budget Standard refers to the 2020 calendar year.

Note 2 - Clients will appear multiple times if they exit the main benefit multiple times and have been assessed for pre-exit activity each time.

Note 3 - Eligible clients can receive multiple interventions while receiving benefits, including from both work readiness and employment assistance categories.

Note 4 - 'Employment outcomes intervention' refers to vacancy placement, contracted service (including wage subsidies) and employment-related case management.

Note 5 - Of the programmes that we are able to evaluate. 'Effective' spend includes those programmes rated as either 'effective' or 'promising'. 'Effective' indicates that the intervention has significant positive overall impacts on one or more outcome domains specified in the report, and no negative impacts for any other domain. 'Promising' indicates that the trend in impacts across outcome domains indicate the intervention is expected to have a significant positive overall impact over the medium to long term. Work-readiness interventions are assessed against employment, education and training outcomes. Employment outcomes interventions are assessed against income and employment outcomes.

Note 6 - 'Work readiness intervention' refers to an external service.

The following information is provided for context only
  2016/17 2017/18 2018/19

Administering Income Support

Number of main benefit applications processed 236,108 255,435 247,141
Number of hardship applications processed 1,096,123 1,268,400 1,738,710
Number of hardship grants granted 1,055,986 1,221,754 1,689,530
Number of accommodation supplement recipients 284,572 284,686 300,741

Improving Employment Outcomes

Percentage of main benefit recipients who go into employment outcomes-related case management. 34.3% 24.6% 28.0%
Number of people exiting a main benefit and going into aid work. 77,766 78,608 77,466
Number of people attending employment programmes 32,466 27,758 31,146

Improving Work Readiness Outcomes

Number of people attending work readiness programmes 8,931 6,087 8,026

The Ministry has commenced consultation on a new learning and continuous improvement operating model. This review focuses on how quality could be observed in future with less focus on retrospective checking, shifting towards increased observational coaching, real-time assessment and an end-to-end view of a client's engagement with the Ministry. As changes are made, the Ministry will look to develop measures that reflect the quality of client experience more fully that the current accuracy and timeliness measures.

End of Year Performance Reporting

Performance information for this appropriation will be reported by the Ministry of Social Development in the Ministry of Social Development Annual Report.

Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2019/20
Final Budgeted
$000
2020/21
Budget
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000
2023/24
Estimated
$000

Current Government

           

Departmental Output Expenses

           

Administering Income Support

           
Completing Interior Security Fit-Out Programme for The Safety of Clients and Staff 2020/21 - 3,475 3,475 3,475 3,475
Refugee Quota Increase: Report back to draw down tagged contingency funding for increased settlement services 2020/21 - 330 326 326 326
Drawdown of Contingency for Improving the Resilience of Work and Income Critical Systems 2019/20 1,818 1,429 1,429 1,429 1,429
First Draw-down from the 'Reducing Risk in Critical Systems and Implementing Legislative Change" Contingencies 2019/20 6,010 1,401 2,599 3,433 3,433
Income for People Receiving Benefits - Implementation 2019/20 2,767 788 608 538 538
Ministry of Social Development - Increasing Case Management at the Frontline 2019/20 651 888 807 788 788
Ministry of Social Development - Loss of Economics of Scale and other Inflationary Pressures 2019/20 7,351 8,940 5,421 5,950 5,950
Ministry of Social Development - Remuneration Cost Pressures 2019/20 11,401 20,339 20,339 20,339 20,339
Ministry of Social Development - Safety and Security for Clients and Staff with Continued Security Guard Presence 2019/20 5,139 5,016 2,367 2,484 2,484
Temporary Accommodation Assistance (Canterbury Earthquake) and Transitional Assistance Payment 2019/20 134 188 - - -
Contingency Draw Down for MSD Availability Project and Update on MSD Resilience Project 2018/19 1,795 1,795 3,544 3,544 3,544
Draw-down of contingency for the administration of the Families Package 2018/19 3,795 2,899 3,077 2,675 2,675
Implementing Very Low-Cost General Practitioner Visits for Community Services Card Holders 2018/19 619 578 578 578 578
Update on availability and Resilience projects and request to Joint Ministers for a drawdown of Budget 18 Contingency funding for the Resilience project 2018/19 5,616 5,616 5,616 5,616 5,616
Remuneration Cost Pressures for the Ministry of Social Development 2018/19 3,807 3,807 3,807 3,807 3,807
Security Fit-out of Ministry of Social Development Client-facing Service Delivery Site Offices: Approval to Start Implementation 2018/19 3,870 4,320 4,320 4,320 4,320

Improving Employment Outcomes

           
Completing Interior Security Fit-Out Programme for the Safety of Clients and Staff 2020/21 - 3,560 3,560 3,560 3,560
Appropriation Changes for the Modified Wage Subsidy Scheme 2019/20 14,900 - - - -
Disabled People and People with Health Conditions - Improving Employment & wider Wellbeing Outcomes 2019/20 9,279 10,007 3,063 3,063 3,063
Employer-Assisted Work Visa System 2019/20 45 1,026 1,782 1,782 1,782
Establishing an Essential Workers Leave Support Scheme 2019/20 200 - - - -
Funding Decisions to Improve Administration of the Response to COVID-19 2019/20 6,557 12,309 - - -
Mana in Mahi - Employment Programme to support successful transition into Sustainable Work 2019/20 10,835 14,551 13,001 18,097 18,097
Ministry of Social Development - Increasing Case Management at the Frontline 2019/20 7,268 18,211 16,545 16,156 16,156
Ministry of Social Development - Loss of Economics of Scale and other Inflationary Pressures 2019/20 2,705 2,983 1,765 1,899 1,899
Ministry of Social Development - Remuneration Cost Pressures 2019/20 4,406 7,824 7,824 7,824 7,824
Ministry of Social Development - Safety and Security for Clients and Staff with Continued Security Guard Presence 2019/20 5,078 4,727 2,206 2,316 2,316
Maori Pathway - Improving Outcomes for Maori and their Whanau in the Corrections System and Supporting their Reintegration Back into Communities - Part A 2019/20 720 720 720 720 720
Refugee Quota Increase: Report back to draw down tagged contingency funding for increased settlement services 2019/20 420 1,250 1,250 1,250 1,250
Reprioritisation of Funding - One-off Adjustment of Contracted Expenditure for Employment Services 2019/20 (4,180) (4,180) (4,180) (4,180) (4,180)
Tairawhiti and Forestry Worker Redeployment Package 2019/20 2,250 - - - -
Remuneration Cost Pressures for the Ministry of Social Development 2018/19 4,314 4,314 4,314 4,314 4,314

Improving Work Readiness Outcomes

           
Completing Interior Security Fit-Out Programme for The Safety of Clients and Staff 2020/21 - 963 963 963 963
Reprioritisation of Funding - Discontinuing Compulsory Work for You Seminars 2020/21 - (1,200) (1,900) (1,900) (1,900)
Raising the Profile and Strengthening the Pipeline into Vocational Education 2019/20 1,500 3,000 1,500 - -
Ministry of Social Development - Loss of Economics of Scale and other Inflationary Pressures 2019/20 443 488 289 311 311
Ministry of Social Development - Remuneration Cost Pressures 2019/20 721 1,281 1,281 1,281 1,281
Ministry of Social Development - Safety and Security for Clients and Staff with Continued Security Guard Presence 2019/20 1,554 1,467 689 724 724
Limited Service Volunteer Programme Expansion 2018/19 4,834 5,319 5,437 5,437 5,437
Remuneration Cost Pressures for the Ministry of Social Development 2018/19 1,203 1,203 1,203 1,203 1,203

Previous Government

           

Departmental Output Expenses

           

Administering Income Support

           
Availability and Resilience Detailed Business Case and Request for Draw Down 2017/18 5,912 5,912 5,912 5,912 5,912
Modernising Frontline Tools (End User Compute) Business Case and Request for Draw Down 2017/18 3,122 3,474 3,534 3,729 3,729
Ministry of Social Development - Maintaining Services 2017/18 2,585 2,646 2,646 2,646 2,646
Changes to Levy funding allocations and processes for migrant settlement services from 2017/18 2017/18 (782) (782) (782) (782) (782)
Temporary Accommodation Assistance Extension 2017/18 100 - - - -
Additional Investment In MSD's Capital Base 2016/17 2,016 2,016 2,016 2,016 2,016
Ensuring the Safety of Our Employees 2016/17 463 463 463 463 463
Move Payback of Brought Forward Funding for the Simplification programme of work 2016/17 (9,000) - - - -

Improving Employment Outcomes

           
The next Three-Year Refugee Quota Programme 2018/19 836 836 836 836 836
Modernising Frontline Tools (End User Compute) Business Case and Request for Draw Down 2017/18 3,626 4,034 4,104 4,104 4,104
Ministry of Social Development - Maintaining Services 2017/18 3,166 3,133 3,133 3,133 3,133
Individual Placement Support for Clients with Mental Health Conditions 2017/18 1,332 1,332 1,332 1,332 1,332
Intensive Client Support - Extension 2017/18 6,200 - - - -
Achieving Better Public Service Result Area 1 2016/17 6,500 6,500 6,500 6,500 6,500
Ensuring the Safety of Our Employees 2016/17 238 238 238 238 238

Improving Work Readiness Outcomes

           
Modernising Frontline Tools (End User Compute) Business Case and Request for Draw Down 2017/18 1,011 1,125 1,145 1,145 1,145
Ministry of Social Development - Maintaining Services 2017/18 853 844 844 844 844
Ensuring the Safety of Our Employees 2016/17 8 8 8 8 8
Extending the Youth Service to 18 and 19 Year-Olds 2016/17 10,286 10,286 10,286 10,286 10,286
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation has increased by $24.768 million to $811.310 million for 2020/21. This is mainly due to:

  • an increase of $12.916 million for remuneration cost pressures
  • an increase of $11.180 million to provide support into employment for Ministry of Social Development clients by restoring employment-focused case management
  • an increase of $9.950 million due to a one-off decrease in 2019/20 to meet changes in cost drivers
  • an increase of $7.998 million to enable the completion of the interior security fit-out programme for the safety of clients and staff
  • an increase of $3.716 million to support the successful transition into sustainable work - Mana in Mahi, and
  • an increase of $1.912 million for non-discretionary cost pressures.

The above is offset by:

  • a reduction of $9.148 million for funding related to the COVID-19 Wage Subsidy Scheme and the Leave Payment Scheme costs in 2019/20
  • a reduction of $4.609 million for reducing risk in critical systems and implementing legislative change
  • a reduction of $3.900 million due to a one-off transfer from 2017/18 to 2018/19 for supporting offenders into employment trials
  • a reduction of $2.400 million due to time limited funding for expansion of the existing Limited Service Volunteer scheme, and
  • a reduction of $2.250 million to fund redeployment and supporting activity in the Tairawhiti region related to the COVID-19 response.

Partnering for Youth Development (M77)

Overarching Purpose Statement
The single overarching purpose of this appropriation is to improve outcomes for young people through youth development.
Scope of Appropriation
Departmental Output Expenses
Administering Youth Development
This category is limited to developing, promoting and funding a positive youth development approach in partnership with businesses, iwi and the philanthropic and youth sectors.
Non-Departmental Output Expenses
Delivering Youth Development
This category is limited to purchasing youth development outcomes.
Expenses, Revenue and Capital Expenditure
  2019/20 2020/21
Final Budgeted
$000
Estimated Actual
$000
Budget
$000

Total Appropriation

13,973 13,973 10,961

Departmental Output Expenses

     
Administering Youth Development 5,134 5,134 2,399

Non-Departmental Output Expenses

     
Delivering Youth Development 8,839 8,839 8,562

Funding for Departmental Output Expenses

     

Revenue from the Crown

5,134 5,134 2,399
Administering Youth Development 5,134 5,134 2,399
What is Intended to be Achieved with this Appropriation

This appropriation is intended to promote the use of a positive youth development approach to help support an increase in the wellbeing of rangatahi across Aotearoa New Zealand so that they are better able to succeed in, contribute to and enjoy life.

How Performance will be Assessed for this Appropriation

Performance measures and targets are subject to the impact of COVID-19.

Assessment of Performance 2019/20 2020/21
Final Budgeted
Standard
Estimated
Actual
Budget
Standard

The percentage of participants who report they have seen an improvement in their outcomes through participation in a Ministry of Youth Development (MYD) funded service will be no less than (see Notes 1 to 3)

85% 85% 85%

Note 1 - The core outcome that MYD seeks for young people is increased wellbeing. When MYD talks about the outcome of increased wellbeing through positive youth development MYD is looking for young people to report that they are achieving outcomes such as:

  • participation in, engagement with and contribution to something they value in their community or society
  • feeling more connected, having a greater sense of belonging and feeling comfortable and aware of their identity
  • learning or developing their skills (these may be their social, emotional, physical, autonomy, work or intimacy skills)
  • developing strong and healthy relationships with their peers and adults and feeling accepted, respected, understood and listened to
  • optimistic about the future, believing that they have choices about their future and are prepared for the future work environment.

Note 2 - Through the youth enterprise funding, there is a focus on improved preparedness for the future work environment. When MYD talks about improved preparedness for the future work environment MYD is looking for young people to report that they are achieving outcomes such as:

  • increased entrepreneurship, business and financial acumen
  • increased decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • development of innovation and original thinking
  • increased awareness of information and digital technologies
  • increased leadership skills, career opportunities and career management skills.

Note 3 - Data for this measure is a combination of the two surveys used for the Delivering Youth Development category.

What is Intended to be Achieved with each Category and How Performance will be Assessed

Performance measures and targets are subject to the impact of COVID-19.

Assessment of Performance 2019/20 2020/21
Final Budgeted
Standard
Estimated
Actual
Budget
Standard

Departmental Output Expenses

     

Administering Youth Development

     

This category is intended to champion positive youth development as an approach to support rangatahi across Aotearoa New Zealand to improve their wellbeing and to increase the accessibility of quality positive youth development services, particularly for those from the identified priority cohorts (see Note 1).

     

The percentage of total funding for youth development opportunities targeted at young people from the priority cohorts will be no less than (see Note 2)

50% 50% 50%

The percentage of providers reporting that interacting with MYD was a 'good' or 'very good' experience should be no less than (see Note 3)

80% 80% 80%

The percentage of partners involved in funding services through the Partnership Fund reporting that partnering with MYD was a 'good' or 'very good' experience should be no less than (see Note 4)

80% 80% 80%

Non-Departmental Output Expenses

     

Delivering Youth Development

     

This category is intended to achieve an improvement in the wellbeing of young people through their participation in quality positive youth development (including through partnerships with businesses, iwi, the philanthropic, youth sectors and other government organisations), an improvement in young people's preparedness for the future work environment through enterprise education and skills development.

     

The percentage of participants who report they have seen an improvement in their wellbeing through participation in MYD funded youth development services will be no less than (see Notes 5 and 6).

85% 85% 85%

The percentage of participants who report they have improved their preparedness for the future work environment through participation in MYD funded youth enterprise services will be no less than (see Note 7)

85% 85% 85%

Note 1 - The identified priority cohorts are young:

  • Maori
  • Pacific peoples
  • women
  • people from the Rainbow community
  • people with disabilities
  • people from ethnic communities (in particular those from a refugee and migrant background)
  • people living in the regions (the regions are defined as the non-urban, more rural and often isolated regions across New Zealand).

Note 2 - Data for this measure is collected through information provided at the time providers are contracted to deliver a programme or service.

Note 3 - Data for this measure is collected through annual provider reporting. The ratings are: 'very bad', 'bad, 'neither bad nor good', 'good' or 'very good'.

Note 4 - By 'partners' MYD are referring to those parties who are contributing funds and resources (either in cash or in-kind) alongside MYD to support the youth development initiatives that have been approved by the Partnership Fund Board. Providers (those actually delivering the youth development projects) are not considered partners in respect to this measure (even though they may be contributing funds and resources themselves). Data for this measure is collected through annual surveying of all Partnership Fund partners. The ratings are: 'very bad', 'bad, 'neither bad nor good', 'good' or 'very good'.

Note 5 - The core outcome that MYD seeks for young people is increased wellbeing. When MYD talks about the outcome of increased wellbeing through positive youth development MYD is looking for young people to report that they are achieving outcomes such as:

  • participation in, engagement with and contribution to something they value in their community or society
  • feeling more connected, having a greater sense of belonging and feeling comfortable and aware of their identity
  • learning or developing their skills (these may be their social, emotional, physical, autonomy, work or intimacy skills)
  • developing strong and healthy relationships with their peers and adults and feeling accepted, respected, understood and listened to
  • optimistic about the future, believing that they have choices about their future and are prepared for the future work environment.

Note 6 - Data for this measure is collected through participant feedback surveys completed by young people who have attended MYD funded initiatives. Questions are designed to explore which outcomes the young person believes they have achieved through taking part in the initiative.

Note 7 - Through the youth enterprise funding, there is a focus on improved preparedness for the future work environment. When MYD talks about improved preparedness for the future work environment MYD is looking for young people to report that they are achieving outcomes such as:

  • increased entrepreneurship, business and financial acumen
  • increased decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • development of innovation and original thinking
  • increased awareness of information and digital technologies
  • increased leadership skills, career opportunities and career management skills.
The following information is provided for context only

Within the Non-Departmental Output Expense budget MYD has 3 sub categories:

  • 'Positive Youth Development Promotion' focussed on funding opportunities to improve young people's wellbeing.
  • 'Expanding Youth Enterprise and Education' focussed on funding opportunities to prepare young people for the future work environment.
  • 'Partnership Fund' focussed on funding opportunities in partnership with business, philanthropics, iwi and other government agencies.
  2016/17 2017/18 2018/19
Total number across all three subcategories of:      
  • providers funded
181 236 159
  • opportunities funded
76,879 73,920 86,637
Number of 'Positive Youth Development Promotion':      
  • providers funded
140 153 101 (see Note 1)
  • opportunities funded
63,779 61,423 64,363
Number of 'Expanding Youth Enterprise and Education':      
  • providers funded
17 55 40 (see Note 1)
  • opportunities funded
5,000 5,794 10,973
Number of 'Partnership Fund':      
  • providers funded
24 28 51 (see Note 1)
  • opportunities
7,317 6,703 11,301
  • partners contributing funding towards 'Partnership Fund' initiatives
31 85 97

Note 1 - The sum of providers funded in each subcategory exceeds the total number of providers funded as some providers have contracts across multi subcategories.

Service Providers for the Multi-Category Appropriation
Provider 2019/20
Final Budgeted
$000
2019/20
Estimated Actual
$000
2020/21
Budget
$000
Expiry of
Resourcing
Commitment
Young Enterprise Trust 538 538 415 30 June 2021
Graeme Dingle Trust 434 434 434 30 June 2021
Spirit of Adventure Trust 259 259 259 30 June 2021
The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Aotearoa New Zealand Hillary Award 259 259 259 30 June 2021
The Malcam Charitable Trust 259 259 259 30 June 2021
Ara Taiohi 238 238 under negotiation 30 June 2020
There will approximately be a further 160 providers with contracts that range from $6,000 to $199,999 6,852 6,852 6,936  
Total 8,839 8,839 8,562  

The table above presents the top six service providers who have funding arrangements with the Ministry of Social Development under Non-department output expenses: Delivering Youth Development Opportunities in year 2019/20 as at 13 March 2020.

End of Year Performance Reporting

Performance information for this appropriation will be reported by the Ministry of Social Development in the Ministry of Social Development Annual Report.

Current and Past Policy Initiatives
Policy Initiative Year of
First
Impact
2019/20
Final Budgeted
$000
2020/21
Budget
$000
2021/22
Estimated
$000
2022/23
Estimated
$000
2023/24
Estimated
$000

Current Government

           

Departmental Output Expenses

           

Administering Youth Development

           
Remuneration Cost Pressures for the Ministry of Social Development 2018/19 33 33 33 33 33
Youth Health And Wellbeing Survey 2018/19 1,000 - 1,000 1,000 1,000

Non-Departmental Output Expenses

           

Delivering Youth Development

           
Community Service Providers - Supporting Social Service Delivery 2019/20 309 309 309 309 309
Settlement Funding Priorities and Proposals for 2019/20-2020/21 2019/20 70 - - - -

Previous Government

           

Departmental Output Expenses

           

Administering Youth Development

           
Modernising Frontline Tools (End User Compute) Business Case and Request for Draw Down 2017/18 27 30 31 31 31
Ministry of Social Development - Maintaining Services 2017/18 24 24 24 24 24
Establishing Partnering for Youth Development MCA 2016/17 2,312 2,312 2,312 2,312 2,312

Non-Departmental Output Expenses

           

Delivering Youth Development

           
Youth Enterprise Initiatives Expansion 2017/18 1,500 1,500 1,500 1,500 1,500
Establishing Partnering for Youth Development MCA 2016/17 6,753 6,753 6,753 6,753 6,753
Reasons for Change in Appropriation

This appropriation has decreased by $3.012 million to $10.961 million for 2020/21. This is mainly due to:

  • a reduction of $2.138 million for the Youth, Health and Wellbeing Survey
  • a reduction of $600,000 due to a one-off increase in 2019/20 to meet changes in cost drivers
  • a reduction of $207,000 due to a review of funding priorities at the Ministry of Youth Development. This resulted in a one-off increase in funding in 2019/20 resulting in a decrease in 2020/21.