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2 February, 2016

6 million breakfasts served in schools

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says that with students returning to school, the six millionth Kickstart breakfast will be served this week since the Government expanded the programme.

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28 January, 2016

$12 billion reduction in benefit liability

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has welcomed the latest benefit valuation which shows a $12 billion reduction over four years in the welfare system’s future lifetime cost, which equates to clients spending 900,000 fewer years on benefits over their working lifetimes, compared to pre-reform expectations.

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21 January, 2016

Benefit numbers continue steady yearly decline

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says the number of people receiving a benefit is continuing to decline year on year with a 2.5 per cent drop in the number of people receiving a main benefit between December 2014 and December 2015.

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14 December, 2015

More funding to tackle nits

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says that the Nitbusters programme, which provides free head lice treatment to families in low decile schools, is to continue in 2016.

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11 December, 2015

Addressing skills shortages in dairy farming

Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Steven Joyce and Minister for Social Development Anne Tolley have welcomed the launch of the Canterbury Farm Capability Society Group Employment and Training Scheme for farm workers.

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11 December, 2015

Student loan rush before holiday season

Associate Social Development Minister Jo Goodhew is congratulating the 63,728 tertiary students who have applied for their 2016 Student Loans and Allowances.

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8 December, 2015

Celebrating remarkable young people in care

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has congratulated 24 young people in care who have been acknowledged in the ninth annual William Wallace Awards in Wellington.

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3 December, 2015

Benefits to rise after Child Hardship Bill passes

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says the legislation enabling the first rise in benefit rates in 43 years has passed its final reading in Parliament.

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3 December, 2015

Improving CYF’s response to allegations

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says Child, Youth and Family is improving its operations and partnerships with other agencies following a review by the Chief Social Worker into CYF’s involvement in the “Roastbusters” case.

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3 December, 2015

Canterbury latest Children’s Team to go live

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has launched the country’s ninth Children’s Team in Canterbury, which will work with around 1,300 vulnerable children in its first two years.

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2 December, 2015

3K to Work launched across New Zealand

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says the successful 3K to Christchurch employment initiative has now been expanded to other regions to assist job seekers to relocate for full-time employment.

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17 November, 2015

Amendment Bill clarifies policy

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says that an amendment Bill introduced into Parliament under urgency clarifies Work and Income’s benefit stand down periods in line with how the policy was intended to work.

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13 November, 2015

Whanganui launches eighth Children’s Team

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has officially launched the Whanganui Children’s Team, which will support 400 vulnerable children from Whanganui, Waiouru, Taihape and Bulls in the first two years.

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12 November, 2015

Additional funding for Whanganui and South Taranaki

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has announced that $500,000 in extra funding is being made available to assist Whanganui and South Taranaki with the continuing clean-up operation following severe flooding in June.

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5 November, 2015

Another step forward for Child Hardship Bill

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says the Support for Children in Hardship Bill has passed its second reading in Parliament.

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5 November, 2015

Extra targeted support into employment

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says an additional 40,000 places for work focused case management are being made available for beneficiaries this year, following a funding boost of $8.5 million in Budget 2015.

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30 October, 2015

Eastern Bay of Plenty Children’s Team goes live

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has today officially launched the Eastern Bay of Plenty Children’s Team in Whakatane, the seventh to be rolled out across the country.

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28 October, 2015

Low income earners benefiting from finance partnership

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has welcomed the announcement that the Bank of New Zealand is to increase its support for the Community Finance initiative, which provides interest free and low interest loans to New Zealanders on low incomes.

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20 October, 2015

Supporting teen parents into education and training

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has spoken to teen parents and service providers about government initiatives at an event promoting youth participation in education.

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15 October, 2015

Benefit figures continue downward trend

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says the latest benefit numbers across all main benefit groups are down on the same period last year and are the lowest September quarter since 2008.

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9 October, 2015

Children’s Team launched in Tairawhiti

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has today officially launched the Tairawhiti Children’s team in Gisborne, which will provide support for an estimated 430 at-risk children and their families over the next two years.

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8 October, 2015

Make a pre-Christmas date with StudyLink

Associate Social Development Minister Jo Goodhew is urging students to apply for their 2016 student loans and allowances by 16 December.

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24 September, 2015

Speech to Fostering Kids New Zealand Conference

I want to begin by thanking you for all of the hard work, dedication and sacrifices that you make to improve the lives of vulnerable children and young people.

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24 September, 2015

Next steps for CYF overhaul

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has released an interim report from an independent expert panel which shows that the Child, Youth and Family system is not delivering effectively for vulnerable children and young people, and that transformational change is required at the agency.

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15 September, 2015

Bill to establish child sex offender register passes first reading

A Bill which will enable the establishment of New Zealand’s first child sex offender register has passed its first reading in Parliament says Social Development Minister Anne Tolley.

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10 September, 2015

Sole parent students take up accommodation change

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says nearly 600 studying sole parents are accessing higher accommodation support following changes on 1 July.

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2 September, 2015

Fraud initiatives keep people out of debt traps

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

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1 September, 2015

Fifth Children’s Team goes live in Hamilton

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

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27 August, 2015

Minister welcomes State of Care report

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

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26 August, 2015

Social Sector Trial helping Dunedin youth into work

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

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