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Social Development
Wed 26 Oct 2016
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says more young people will have access to increased support to become independent following an extension of the Youth Service which comes into effect this week. Budget 2016 invested $41 million to allow the Youth Service to be extended to 19 year-old parents, one of the groups most at risk of long-term welfare dependency.  ...
Social Development
Tue 25 Oct 2016
Ministers today welcomed the start of the second Integrated Safety Response (ISR) pilot site in Waikato and announced another $1.4 million in new funding to support the pilot programme. The ISR pilot involves core agencies and specialist family violence NGOs working together as a team to ensure that families experiencing violence get the help and support they need to stay safe. An additional $1.4 million from the Justice Sector Fund will support the new site in Waikato, as well as the Christchurch pilot site which has been up and running since 4 July.
Social Development
Tue 25 Oct 2016
Ministers today welcomed the start of the second Integrated Safety Response (ISR) pilot site in Waikato and announced another $1.4 million in new funding to support the pilot programme. The ISR pilot involves core agencies and specialist family violence NGOs working together as a team to ensure that families experiencing violence get the help and support they need to stay safe. An additional $1.4 million from the Justice Sector Fund will support the new site in Waikato, as well as the Christchurch pilot site which has been up and running since 4 July.
Social Development
Fri 21 Oct 2016
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Social Development Minister Anne Tolley say a collaboration between MSD and four DHBs will trial different ways to support people with health conditions and disabilities into work. “Across government, Ministries are exploring ways they can work more collaboratively with the aim of improving the overall life outcomes of New Zealanders,” says Dr Coleman. ...
Social Development
Fri 21 Oct 2016
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and Social Development Minister Anne Tolley say a collaboration between MSD and four DHBs will trial different ways to support people with health conditions and disabilities into work. “Across government, Ministries are exploring ways they can work more collaboratively with the aim of improving the overall life outcomes of New Zealanders,” says Dr Coleman. ...
Social Development
Thu 20 Oct 2016
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says the number of people on Sole Parent Support has fallen by more than 15,000 since before welfare reforms were introduced. “Total benefit numbers have fallen by 3,292 in the year to September 2016 to 283,875, and have risen by 3,698 in the last quarter, as is normal this time of year due to seasonal work,” Mrs Tolley says. ...
Social Development
Wed 19 Oct 2016
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says that as part of the radical overhaul of care and protection, Cabinet has agreed that young people will no longer have to leave state care at 17, and will be able to remain in care or return to care up until the age of 21, with transition support and advice available up to 25. “The government is addressing the long-term trauma and poor life outcomes for young people who have been in care, based on recommendations from an independent expert panel,” says Mrs Tolley.
Social Development
Fri 14 Oct 2016
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says that New Zealand’s first child sex offender register comes into effect today, allowing agencies to be more proactive in managing the risk of reoffending in communities to keep children safe from harm. “From today, child sex offenders will no longer be able to disappear back into communities after completing a sentence or order,” says Mrs Tolley. ...
Social Development
Wed 12 Oct 2016
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says more low income families will be able to access low and no-interest loans, as the Community Finance partnership is rolled out to additional areas across the country. “The government, the private sector and NGOs have been working together on this initiative, and I’m delighted that more families will be able to access the scheme,” says Mrs Tolley. ...
Social Development
Sat 8 Oct 2016
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says the government will fully consider the recommendations made by a UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCROC). It follows discussions between the Minister, a delegation and Committee members in Geneva last month, regarding New Zealand’s fifth periodic report under the UNCROC convention. “I was able to highlight the real progress that our country continues to make on children’s rights, such as the overhaul of care and protection featuring the voices of children,” says Mrs Tolley.
Social Development
Mon 3 Oct 2016
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley and Corrections Minister Judith Collins have announced the launch of a new initiative to support more offenders into employment. Budget 2016 invested $15.3 million over three years for the trial, which is targeted at increasing the employment prospects of released prisoners. Work and Income case managers and professionals will work with prisoners from pre-release for up to a year to help them prepare, find and stay in employment to help reduce reoffending.
Social Development
Thu 29 Sep 2016
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley today launched the trial of a new approach to social service delivery in the Gisborne and Wairoa regions. Manaaki Tairawhiti is the second Placed-Based Initiative to be announced, and brings together local social sector leaders into a single governance group to better co-ordinate services for at-risk families. “Manaaki Tairawhiti gives us a great opportunity to bring together and develop good local leadership, so that we can improve the delivery of social services to families,” says Mrs Tolley.