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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.
Statistics New Zealand and the Treasury have found an error in their estimates of household income in recent datasets provided to MSD and others. MSD has now received corrected datasets and has prepared revised tables and graphs for commonly used statistics in the 2013 Household Incomes Report.
Social Development Minister Paula Bennett delivered a speech on data analytics at a software users conference in Wellington on Tuesday 18 February.