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Posted by te2ataria on February 4, 2020

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More Kiwis depend on benefits than ever before!

Government reports 2,107,195¹ hardship assistance grants for 2019 at a cost of more than $600m.

Hardship assistance: Summary

  • In the March 2019 quarter (i.e. January 1 to 31 Mar), 472,217 hardship assistance grants were granted. These were worth $128.5 million.
  • A total of 487,539 Hardship Assistance payments, worth $142,581,224, were granted in the June 2019 quarter (i.e. 1 April to 30).
  • A total of 573,588 hardship assistance payments, worth $167,282,123, were granted during the September 2019 quarter (i.e. 1 July to 30 September).
  • A total of 573,851 hardship assistance payments, worth $165,380,115, were granted during the December 2019 quarter (i.e. 1 July to 30 December).

NOTES: 1. Data provided are counts of grants, not counts of recipients. A recipient may have more than one grant during a quarter, and a grant may be renewed through multiple quarters.

Ministry of Social Development – March 2019 Quarter

Hardship assistance
In the March 2019 quarter, 472,217 hardship assistance grants were granted. These were worth $128.5 million. This is an increase compared to the March 2018 quarter, where 319,757 grants worth $80.8 million were granted.

Hardship assistance includes (but is not limited to) Special Needs Grants (SNGs), Benefit Advance Payments (ADVs) and Recoverable Assistance Payments (RAPs). These forms of assistance are designed to help people who have immediate needs. The numbers reported for hardship assistance granted are sums of grants granted with the March quarter (ie January 1 to 31 March). Hardship assistance contains all ages data, rather than working age (ie 18 to 64).

Emergency Housing Special Needs Grants granted totalled $23,079,536 in the March 2019 quarter, $16,504,803 more than the March 2018 quarter. This makes Emergency Housing the largest contributor to the total value of all hardship grants granted.

The value of hardship grants for food assistance was $21,728,864 in the March 2019 quarter, $6,942,328 more compared to the March 2018 quarter.

Special Needs Grants (SNG)
270,834 Special Needs Grants granted in the March 2019 quarter (186,119 – March 2018 quarter) valued at $53,446,707–The value of Special Needs Grants granted in the March 2019 quarter was $28,972,490.

Benefit Advances (ADV)
181,286 benefit Advances granted in the March 2019 quarter (118,528 – March 2018 quarter) valued at $66,397,638 – The value of Benefit Advances granted in the March 2018 quarter was $45,219,274 .

Accommodation Supplement (AS)
295,410 people receiving AS as at the end of March 2019 (279,283 – end of March 2018)

Disability Allowance (DA)
231,898 people receiving DA as at the end of March 2019 (232,243 – end of March 2018)

Temporary Additional Support/Special Benefit (TAS/SPB)
64,391 people receiving TAS/SPB as at the end of March 2019 (63,067 – end of March 2018)

Click to access benefit-fact-sheets-march-2019.pdf

Ministry of Social Development – The Benefit Fact Sheets Snapshot – June 2019 Quarter

Hardship assistance
A total of 487,539 Hardship Assistance payments, worth $142,581,224, were granted in the June 2019 quarter (i.e. 1 April to 30). These figures are higher than in the June 2018 quarter, where 321,244 Hardship Assistance payments, worth $88,129,108, were granted.

The number of Emergency Housing Special Needs Grants (EH SNG) granted has increased. Compared to the June 2018 quarter, 14,329 more grants were granted, increasing to 23,574 in the June 2019 quarter. The average value for each EH SNGs granted has increased from $1,127 in the June 2018 quarter, to $1,457 in the June 2019 quarter. The total number of EH SNGs granted and the increasing average value has contributed to a higher total value of EH SNGs in the June 2019 quarter. A total value of $34,338,613 was granted for EH SNGs, an increase from $10,414,939 in the June 2018 quarter, a 229.7 percent increase compared to June 2018.

The demand for Special Needs Grants (SNG) for food assistance continues to increase. Compared to the June 2018 quarter there were 91,708 more SNGs for food granted, increasing to 229,132 in the June 2019 quarter. As a result the value of SNGs for food assistance increased to $22,563,278 in the June 2019 quarter.

295,286 Special Needs Grants granted in the June 2019 quarter valued at $66,097,467

The number of Special Needs Grants granted was 109,372 higher in the June 2019 quarter compared to the June 2018 quarter. This has resulted in the value of grants granted doubling, increasing by $33,014,229 to $66,097,467, when compared to June 2018.A Special Needs Grant provides non-taxable, one-off recoverable or non-recoverable financial assistance for people to meet immediate needs. A person does not need to be receiving a main benefit to be eligible for a Special Needs Grant.

172,471Benefit Advances granted in the June 2019 quarter valued at $67,495,906

The number of Benefit Advances granted were 52,020 higher in the June 2019 quarter compared to the June 2018 quarter. This has resulted in the value of Benefit Advances granted increasing by $19,262,954 to $67,495,906. All people receiving a main benefit and who require assistance to meet a particular immediate essential need can have access to an advance payment of their benefit up to six weeks of their net entitlement.

Click to access benefit-fact-sheets-snapshot-june-2019-v2.1.pdf

Ministry of Social Development – The Benefit Fact Sheets Snapshot – September 2019 Quarter

Hardship assistance
A total of 573,588 hardship assistance payments, worth $167,282,123, were granted during the September 2019 quarter (i.e. 1 July to 30 September). These figures are higher than during the September 2018 quarter, when 344,731 hardship assistance payments, worth $100,515,994, were granted.

347,791Special Needs Grants granted during the September 2019 quarter valued at $78,086,978

The number of Special Needs Grants granted was 149,469 higher during the September 2019 quarter than during the September 2018 quarter. This has resulted in the value of grants granted almost doubling,increasing by $38,327,565 to $78,086,978, when compared with September 2018.

203,246 Benefit Advances granted during the September 2019 quarter valued at $79,043,526

The number of Benefit Advances granted was 73,500 higher during the September 2019 quarter, compared with the September 2018 quarter. This has resulted in the value of Benefit Advances granted increasing by $25,838,551, to a total of $79,043,526.

Click to access benefit-fact-sheets-snapshot-september-2019.pdf

Benefit Fact Sheets Ministry of Social Development Snapshot –  December 2019 Quarter

Hardship assistance
A total of 573,851 hardship assistance payments, worth $165,380,115, were granted during the December 2019 quarter (i.e. 1 July to 30 December). These figures are higher than during the December 2018 quarter, when 385,043 hardship assistance payments, worth $108,909,215, were granted.

The number of Emergency Housing Special Needs Grants (EH SNGs) granted increased compared with the December 2018 quarter. 15,265 more grants were granted, totalling 30,941 during the December 2019 quarter.  The average value for each EH SNGs granted increased from $1,244 in the December 2018 quarter, to $1,555 in the December 2019 quarter. The total number of EH SNGs granted and the increasing average value has contributed to a higher total value of EH SNGs during the December 2019 quarter. A total value of $48,125,062 was granted for EH SNGs, an increase from $19,494,969 during the December 2018 quarter.

The demand for Special Needs Grants (SNG) for food assistance continues to increase. Compared with the December 2018 quarter, there were 123,924 more SNGs for food granted, totalling 307,291 during the December 2019 quarter. As a result, the value of SNGs for food assistance increased to $30,344,354 during the December 2019 quarter.

The number of Special Needs Grants granted was 141,554 higher during the December 2019 quarter than during the December 2018 quarter (241,152–Special Needs Grants granted in the December 2018 quarter). This has resulted in the value of grants granted almost doubling, increasing by $40,104,542 to $88,815,126, when compared with December 2018.

The number of Benefit Advances granted was 43,806 higher during the December 2019 quarter, compared with the December 2018 quarter. This has resulted in the value of Benefit Advances granted increasing by $14,858,537, to a total of $67,889,214.

Notes:

  • Data provided are counts of grants, not counts of clients. A client may have more than one grant during a quarter.
  • The total of Special Needs Grants includes Emergency Housing SNGs.
  • SNG – Emergency Housing was implemented from 1 July 2016 and was able to be reported separately from the December 2016 quarter.

Click to access benefit-fact-sheets-snapshot-december-2019.pdf

WARNING!

INCORRECT/MISLEADING explanation provided by One News:
One News is reporting the figures for December quarter as if they were for the entire 2019.

“In total, 573,851 hardship assistance payments were made last year, compared to 385,043 in 2018 – a 49 per cent increase.”
“But despite food making up the bulk number of grants, the largest cost is instead for emergency housing – rocketing up to $48.1 million, from $19.5 million in 2018…”
https://www.tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/government-reports-massive-spike-in-emergency-hardship-grants

 

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Government from HELL

Posted by te2ataria on July 16, 2016

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Government to Christchurch homeless: “Go take a flying fuck at a rolling doughnut!”

Government sells empty homes while telling Christchurch homeless to “go take a flying fuck at a rolling doughnut”.

Our government is selling Temporary housing set up at Kaiapoi for families displaced by the Canterbury earthquakes, while 403 families remain on the waiting list for emergency housing in Christchurch,  according to Labour Party housing spokesman Phil Twyford.

The “obvious thing to do” was use the homes as emergency housing, Twyford said.

Homelessness charities hit out at 200,000 housing vacancies in Ireland

“The first results from the 2016 Census show that there are 259,562 vacant dwellings in the country. Discounting the 61,204 that are categorised as holiday homes, there are still enough properties to house all those who are homeless and on housing waiting lists.”

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