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Social Development
Fri 9 Jun 2017
The Government has today announced extra grants to help Bay of Plenty farmers and growers impacted by April’s storms and floods. Affected farmers and growers can apply for contributions from the new $200,000 Primary Industries Bay of Plenty Flood Recovery Grant to help with essential infrastructure repair as they continue to get their businesses up and running. ...
Children | Social Development
Thu 8 Jun 2017
Minister for Social Development and Minister for Children Anne Tolley says the introduction of mandatory registration for social workers will increase their skills and professionalism so they can better support New Zealanders. “Social workers play a crucial role in supporting our most vulnerable New Zealanders. They are increasingly dealing with children, young people, adults and families with complex high needs,” says Mrs Tolley. ...
Social Development
Wed 7 Jun 2017
New guides to support the family violence sector to provide consistent and effective help to victims and perpetrators are being launched today by Justice Minister Amy Adams and Social Development Minister Anne Tolley at the Family Violence Summit in Wellington. Over 120 key players in the family violence sector are attending the Summit today to build on conversations to date about how to work together better to tackle New Zealand’s horrific rate of family violence.
Social Development
Fri 2 Jun 2017
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley today visited the clean-up teams in Edgecumbe which have successfully completed their second week of work. “The Government has provided up to $500,000 of Enhanced Taskforce Green funding to employ people to assist Whakatane District Council with the clean-up,” says Mrs Tolley. "Three clean-up teams have been working hard over the last two weeks to clear debris from Edgecumbe township and surrounding public spaces, including Thornton Beach Reserve, Edgecumbe Domain and local playgrounds.
Social Development
Fri 2 Jun 2017
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley and Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment Paul Goldsmith today welcomed the official launch of the Auckland Airport Jobs and Skills Hub - Ara. “Ara is an industry-led skills and employment initiative that connects employers based at the Airport with local jobseekers in South Auckland,” says Mrs Tolley. “This skills hub is part of the Government’s approach to partner with businesses to deliver wider economic and social benefits.
Social Development
Thu 25 May 2017
Budget 2017 invests $64.4 million of new operating funding to help people move off benefits and into work, Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says. “A proactive approach to supporting clients to prepare for employment has seen the number of people receiving a main benefit continue to fall,” Mrs Tolley says. “The proportion of the population on a main benefit is the lowest it’s been in a March quarter since 1997, at 9.6 per cent. ...
Social Development
Thu 25 May 2017
Budget 2017 invests $37.2 million of operating funding to reduce the harm caused by family violence, Justice Minister Amy Adams and Social Development Minister Anne Tolley say. $22.4 million will extend the Integrated Safety Response (ISR) pilots for another two years. ...
Social Development
Thu 18 May 2017
Temporary homes will be moved on to the Whakatāne Holiday Park and next to flood-damaged homes while properties in the Edgecumbe area are repaired, Lead Minister for Edgecumbe Anne Tolley and Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith said today. The Ministers visited the holiday park to see the region’s recovery first-hand, and visit the site where a number of temporary homes will be built to increase accommodation options in the area. ...
Social Development
Wed 17 May 2017
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has welcomed the latest benefit valuation, which confirms long-term welfare dependence is reducing, particularly among sole parents. “Welfare reform and the hard work of Work and Income staff has had a significant impact in helping more people into work while also saving taxpayers money,” says Mrs Tolley. “Our focus on providing targeted support and more intensive case management for those most at risk of welfare dependence has helped reduce the liability by $1.7 billion. 
Social Development
Tue 16 May 2017
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has welcomed today’s release of the independent review into MSD’s individual client level data IT system. “It’s vital clients and providers have confidence that their information is appropriately protected,” says Mrs Tolley. “While no privacy breach of any personal data occurred, I am extremely disappointed that the report highlights a number of areas of concern. ...
Social Development
Mon 15 May 2017
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says new research confirms the need for wrap around support for at-risk children and young people to help them lead successful lives as adults. “We know that children who experience adversity are more likely to have poor education and employment outcomes, that’s why the Government is focused on ensuring they receive the support they need,” says Mrs Tolley. “Research published today shows only 44 per cent of at-risk children studied were projected to have positive education and employment outcomes.
Social Development
Fri 12 May 2017
The Government will be undertaking a competitive tender process for a national helpline for New Zealanders affected by sexual violence, say Justice Minister Amy Adams and Social Development Minister Anne Tolley. “The Government is committed to building a more effective integrated system to ensure victims of sexual violence receive the support and services they need,” says Ms Adams. ...