Introduction to The Statistical Report
This report presents a range of information about use of the services and financial assistance provided by the Ministry of Social Development (MSD). Within this report, information about the use of MSD assistance is also placed into a broader population context. We anticipate that the information contained in the report will be of value to anyone working in the social services sector, whether in a policy, research or service delivery capacity.
This report is based on information held in the client databases of MSD's service lines, and is focused on the period since 1 July 2003. Some of the statistics presented in this report are also available for earlier years, on request from MSD's Decision Support team.
MSD is grateful for the assistance of staff from all of its service lines in the production of The Statistical Report.