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John Key | Prime Minister Helping families get ahead A number of important government policies came into effect on April 1 that will help New Zealand families and children and complement the work the National-led Government already has underway. The Government’s HomeStart programme will help an estimated 90,000 low and middle income first home buyers into their own home over the next five years. ...

John Key | Prime Minister Prime Minister John Key says Paid Parental Leave, the parental tax credit, the minimum wage and Superannuation will increase, while average ACC levies will fall, and more people will be helped in to home ownership from tomorrow. “The National-led Government has focused on ensuring gains from our growing economy flow through to families and these measures demonstrate that.” A range of Government policies come into force from April 1 including: ...

Anne Tolley | Social Development Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has announced that the Social Sector Trials taking place in 16 communities around New Zealand are being extended for a year from 1 July. The trials involve a number of agencies working together on the ground in communities to produce better results in delivering social services. “The Social Sector Trials are demonstrating that a community-based approach can better coordinate Government resources to the people who need them,” says Mrs Tolley. ...

Anne Tolley | Social Development Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says the number of young mothers requiring a benefit has almost halved since 2009, meaning better lives for these families and fewer long-term beneficiaries. Figures show that there were 48 per cent fewer teen mums on main benefits at the end of 2014 compared to 2009. Teen parents spend an average 19 years on a benefit, and have some of the highest lifetime costs of any group on welfare. ...

Anne Tolley | Social Development It is a great pleasure to be with you here today as we celebrate an important milestone in progressing the Government’s Children’s Action plan with the launch of two new guidelines for people working with children.  Safer Recruitment, Safer Children will help organisations choose safe people to work with children, and Safer Organisations, Safer Children will help organisations develop child protection policies. ...

Anne Tolley | Social Development Social Development Minister Anne Tolley today launched two new guidelines for agencies and organisations working with children as part of the Government’s Children’s Action Plan. 
Anne Tolley | Social Development Sunday 1 March 2015 marks both Children’s Day and the beginning of Fostercare Awareness Week 2015. Social Development Minister Anne Tolley encourages parents of all kinds to spend time with their kids this Sunday. “Children’s Day is a great time for families to have a bit of time out and fun together,” Mrs Tolley says.
Anne Tolley | Social Development Social Development Minister Anne Tolley has welcomed the latest valuation of the benefit system showing welfare reforms are having a tangible effect on the future costs of benefits. “The June 2014 valuation shows the current lifetime liability of the benefit system is $69 billion. “Our efforts to reduce long term benefit dependency are bearing fruit with a $7.5 billion reduction in liability.” Mrs Tolley says ...

Anne Tolley | Social Development Social Development Minister Anne Tolley today congratulated the winners of the Kickstart Breakfast Awards. “In November last year I visited Holy Family School to celebrate 3 million KickStart breakfasts being served and today I am thrilled to return to present this award.” Mrs Tolley says. ...

Anne Tolley | Social Development Benefit and superannuation payments to more than a million New Zealanders will increase on April 1, says Social Development Minister Anne Tolley. “In 2011 we passed legislation to make sure benefits increase each year in line with inflation,” Mrs Tolley says. “Rates and thresholds for a range of Work and Income and StudyLink assistance will rise to keep up with increasing living costs.” The Annual General Adjustment will see a 0.51 per cent increase to: ...

Anne Tolley | Social Development More than 9,500 children have received assistance for the start of the school year with grants worth nearly $4.65 million being paid to wider family members caring for children, says Anne Tolley, Minister for Social Development. “With the school year beginning, we recognise family carers can do with a little extra help to buy essentials like uniforms and stationery, or other necessities to help children settle into a new school year. ...

Anne Tolley | Social Development Social Development Minister Anne Tolley today departs for Europe to talk about child protection systems in Scotland and Norway, and work underway in England and Wales to help long-term sickness beneficiaries and disabled people into work and to live independent lives. “We are making good progress in New Zealand with protecting our vulnerable citizens and helping them to lead fulfilling lives but we’re always keen to see what more we can do, and better, to continue this trend. ...