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Notice of changes to Social Security Act welfare programmes and/or Ministerial directions

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2 November 2022

This instrument, which comes into force on 1 December 2022, amends the Special Needs Grants Programme established and approved under section 124(1)(d) of the Social Security Act 1964 and saved by clause 21 of schedule 1 of the Social Security Act 2018 as if it was a special assistance programme under section 101.

29 June 2022

This instrument, which comes into force on 4 and 5 August 2022, makes various changes to the programme. 

29 June 2022

This instrument, which comes into effect on 5 August 2022, amends the Employment and Work Readiness Assistance Programme.

1 June 2022

This instrument, which comes into force on 1 July 2022, permanently adjusts appropriate income thresholds in relation to the to the Advance Payments of Instalments of Benefit, the Recoverable Assistance Programme and Special Needs Grants Programme under the Social Security Act 2018.

1 May 2022

This instrument, which comes into force on 3 June 2022, amends the Christchurch Mosques Attack Welfare Programme (principal programme) established and approved on 27 May 2019 and made under the Social Security Act 2018. The amendment extends the expiry date of the principal programme to 30 June 2023.

7 March 2022

This instrument, which comes into force on 1 April 2022, as part of the Annual General Adjustment, amends the Ministerial directions and welfare programmes under the Social Security Act 2018.

6 December 2021

This instrument, which comes into force on 10 December 2021, amends the Special Needs Grants Programme established and approved on 18 December 1998. This instrument extends eligibility for re-establishment grants to Afghan evacuees who hold a residence class visa, are New Zealand citizens, or hold an Afghan emergency resettlement visa. It also extends eligibility to Applicants that have applied for an Afghan emergency resettlement visa. This instrument also makes a minor technical amendment to the wording of clause 4.

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