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A listing of the Ministry of Social Development's recent media releases.

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17 April 2014

The Associate Minister for Social Development, Chester Borrows, announced today the passing of the Social Security (Fraud Measures and Debt Recovery) Amendment Bill that holds partners jointly accountable for any welfare fraud and subsequent debt created because of dishonesty.

14 April 2014

From today, the Ministry of Social Development manages applications for social housing and refers people on the waitlist to social housing providers.

11 April 2014

The Ministry of Social Development (MSD), including Work and Income, Senior Services, StudyLink and Youth Service, has negotiated with selected optometrists and opticians to supply glasses to people using hardship assistance to pay for them.

1 April 2014

The Make It Happen community response report, released as part of the Make It Happen project in the Far North communities of Te Hiku o Te Ika (Te Hiku), is now available.

10 March 2014

The Government is extending payment of the Income-Related Rent Subsidy (IRRS) to registered social housing providers other than Housing New Zealand from 14 April 2014. This is to help grow a more diverse social housing market in New Zealand. The subsidy tops up the rent paid by social housing tenants to housing providers.

19 February 2014

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett delivered a speech on data analytics at a software users conference in Wellington on Tuesday 18 February.

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