Social Security (Rates of Benefits and Allowances) Order 2013

  • revoked
  • Social Security (Rates of Benefits and Allowances) Order 2013: revoked, on 1 April 2014, by clause 7 of the Social Security (Rates of Benefits and Allowances) Order 2014 (LI 2014/39).

Reprint
as at 1 April 2014

Coat of Arms of New Zealand

Social Security (Rates of Benefits and Allowances) Order 2013

(SR 2013/19)

Jerry Mateparae, Governor-General

Order in Council

At Wellington this 25th day of February 2013

Present:
His Excellency the Governor-General in Council

  • Social Security (Rates of Benefits and Allowances) Order 2013: revoked, on 1 April 2014, by clause 7 of the Social Security (Rates of Benefits and Allowances) Order 2014 (LI 2014/39).


Note

Changes authorised by subpart 2 of Part 2 of the Legislation Act 2012 have been made in this official reprint.

Note 4 at the end of this reprint provides a list of the amendments incorporated.

This order is administered by the Ministry of Social Development.


Pursuant to sections 61H and 61HA of the Social Security Act 1964 and sections 15 and 16 of the New Zealand Superannuation and Retirement Income Act 2001, His Excellency the Governor-General, acting on the advice and with the consent of the Executive Council, makes the following order.

Order

1 Title
  • This order is the Social Security (Rates of Benefits and Allowances) Order 2013.

2 Commencement
  • (1) This order comes into force on 1 April 2013.

    (2) By way of explanation,—

    • (b) clause 5 comes into force on 1 April 2013 by virtue of sections 15 and 16 of the New Zealand Superannuation and Retirement Income Act 2001:

    Order: validated and confirmed, on 18 December 2013, by section 13(b) of the Subordinate Legislation (Confirmation and Validation) Act 2013 (2013 No 142).

3 Increasing amounts of funeral grants
  • (1) In the Social Security Act 1964, sections 61DB, 61DC, and 61DD, replace $1,959.42 with $1,971.37.

    (2) The amendments made by subclause (1) apply in respect of persons who die on or after 1 April 2013.

4 Mandatory adjustments under section 61HA of Social Security Act 1964
  • In each provision of the Social Security Act 1964 listed in the first column of Part 1 of Schedule 1, replace the amount set out opposite to that provision in the second column with the amount set out opposite to that provision in the third column.

5 Mandatory adjustments under sections 15 and 16 of New Zealand Superannuation and Retirement Income Act 2001
6 Discretionary adjustments under section 61H of Social Security Act 1964
  • (1) In each provision of the Social Security Act 1964 listed in the first column of Part 1 of Schedule 2, replace the amount set out opposite to that provision in the second column with the amount set out opposite to that provision in the third column.

    (2) In each provision of the New Zealand Superannuation and Retirement Income Act 2001 listed in the first column of Part 2 of Schedule 2, replace the amount set out opposite to that provision in the second column with the amount set out opposite to that provision in the third column.

    (3) The amendments made by this clause take effect from the close of 31 March 2013.

7 Revocations

Schedule 1
Mandatory increases

cl 5

Part 1—Increases to social security benefits and allowances

Provision
amended
 Old amount
($)
 New amount
($)
Schedule 3 (Rates of widows' benefits)
Clause 1 293.58 295.37
Clause 2 213.49 214.79
Schedule 4 (Minimum rates of orphans' benefits and unsupported childs' benefits)
Clause 1(a) 199.43 200.65
Clause 1(b) 182.42 183.53
Clause 1(c) 165.31 166.32
Clause 1(d) 142.45 143.32
Schedule 6 (Rates of invalids' benefits)
Clause 1(a) 207.32 208.58
Clause 1(b) 256.19 257.75
Clause 1(c) 336.55 338.60
Clause 1(e) 213.49 214.79
Clause 1(f) 213.49 214.79
Clause 1(g) 213.49 214.79
Schedule 9 (Rates of unemployment benefits and sickness benefits)
Clause 1(aa) 136.64 137.47
Clause 1(a) 170.80 171.84
Clause 1(b) 204.96 206.21
Clause 1(c) 293.58 295.37
Clause 1(d) 170.80 171.84
Clause 1(e) 170.80 171.84
Clause 1(f) 170.80 171.84
Clause 2 170.80 171.84
Clause 5 170.80 171.84
Schedule 16 (Rates of domestic purposes benefits)
Clause 1 293.58 295.37
Clause 2 213.49 214.79
Schedule 17 (Rates of domestic purposes benefits)
Clause 1 207.32 208.58
Clause 2 256.19 257.75
Clause 3 336.55 338.60
Clause 5 213.49 214.79
Clause 6 213.49 214.79
Clause 7 213.49 214.79
Clause 8 213.49 214.79
Schedule 19 (Rates of child disability allowance and disability allowance)
Clause 1 45.34 45.62
Clause 2 60.17 60.54
Clause 3 37.53 37.76
Schedule 22 (Rates of benefits payable to long-term hospital patients)
Clause 1 42.38 42.64
Schedule 26 (Rates and component of youth payment and young parent payment, etc)
Clause 1 170.80 171.84
Clause 2 136.64 137.47
Clause 3 293.58 295.37
Clause 4 170.80 171.84
Clause 5 170.80 171.84
Clause 10 206.73 208.00
  256.73 258.00
Clause 11 206.73 208.00
  306.73 308.00

Part 2—Increases to superannuation entitlements

Provision
amended
 Old amount
($)
 New amount
($)
Schedule 1 (New Zealand superannuation entitlements)
Clause 1(a) 400.07 403.67
Clause 1(b) 367.45 370.82
Clause 1(c) 302.40 305.29
Clause 2(a) 604.80 610.58
Clause 2(b) 572.58 578.12

Schedule 2
Discretionary increases

cl 6

Part 1—Increases to social security asset limits, etc

Provision
amended
 Old amount
($)
 New amount
($)
Schedule 6 (Rates of invalids' benefits)
Clause 2 343.49 344.79
  42.70 42.96
Schedule 31 (Asset and income limits that may be applied to certain assistance)
Clause 1 1,025.11 1,031.36
Clause 2 1,708.10 1,718.52
Clause 3 1,346.00 1,354.21
Clause 4 1,445.89 1,454.71
Clause 5 468.23 471.09
Clause 6 538.15 541.43
Clause 7 781.62 786.39
Clause 8 653.01 656.99
Clause 9 687.98 692.18
Clause 10 506.01 509.10
Clause 11 585.67 595.92
Clause 12 866.91 882.79
Clause 13 705.72 710.02
Clause 14 743.53 748.07

Part 2—Increases to superannuation entitlements

Provision
amended
 Old amount
($)
 New amount
($)
Schedule 1 (New Zealand superannuation entitlements)
Clause 1(a) 403.67 410.32
Clause 1(b) 370.82 377.05
Clause 1(c) 305.29 310.34
Clause 2(a) 610.58 620.68
Clause 2(b) 578.12 587.46
Clause 3 42.38 42.64
Clause 4 37.53 37.76

Michael Webster,
for Clerk of the Executive Council.


Explanatory note

This note is not part of the order, but is intended to indicate its general effect.

This order, which comes into force on 1 April 2013, increases a range of benefits, allowances, asset limits, superannuation entitlements, etc. The increases reflect both mandatory adjustments and some additional discretionary increases. Where an annual CPI increase is required, it reflects the increase of 0.61% in the New Zealand Consumers Price Index from the December 2011 quarter to the December 2012 quarter, calculated for all quarters using the CPI All Groups excluding cigarettes and other tobacco products.

Annual CPI increases are required under section 61HA of the Social Security Act 1964 for the following benefits: widows', orphans' and unsupported childs', invalids', unemployment, sickness, domestic purposes, child disability, disability, youth payments and young parent payments, related emergency benefits, and the hospital rate. These increases are set out in Part 1 of Schedule 1.

Annual CPI increases are also required, under section 15 of the New Zealand Superannuation and Retirement Income Act 2001, to superannuation entitlements. Section 16 of that Act requires that those increases may be more than the CPI amount in certain cases. The total of the increases required by both sections 15 and 16 is set out in Part 2 of Schedule 1.

The discretionary increases made under section 61H of the Social Security Act 1964 are to the funeral grant payable under that Act (clause 3), and schedules that set out the maximum amount that a blind beneficiary may earn, and various assets limits. The increases are set out in Part 1 of Schedule 2. Increases to superannuation entitlements, which build on the increases set out in Part 2 of Schedule 1, are also made, in order to implement the Government's commitment to ensure that the net married couple rate of New Zealand superannuation is set at 66% of the net average wage. These increases are set out in Part 2 of Schedule 2. The rates of New Zealand superannuation that are amended in all cases are the gross rates, but the increase has been calculated in relation to the net rate in each case.


Issued under the authority of the Legislation Act 2012.

Date of notification in Gazette: 28 February 2013.


Reprints notes
1 General
  • This is a reprint of the Social Security (Rates of Benefits and Allowances) Order 2013 that incorporates all the amendments to that order as at the date of the last amendment to it.

2 Legal status
  • Reprints are presumed to correctly state, as at the date of the reprint, the law enacted by the principal enactment and by any amendments to that enactment. Section 18 of the Legislation Act 2012 provides that this reprint, published in electronic form, has the status of an official version under section 17 of that Act. A printed version of the reprint produced directly from this official electronic version also has official status.

3 Editorial and format changes
4 Amendments incorporated in this reprint
  • Social Security (Rates of Benefits and Allowances) Order 2014 (LI 2014/39): clause 7

    Subordinate Legislation (Confirmation and Validation) Act 2013 (2013 No 142): section 13(b)