This note is not part of the regulations, but is intended to indicate their general effect.
These regulations, which come into force on 14 April 2014, are made under the Housing Restructuring and Tenancy Matters Act 1992 (the Act) and provide for appeals against certain decisions of the social housing agency (the Ministry of Social Development).
Under section 133 of the Act, a tenant (including a prospective tenant) may appeal against—
any decision or determination of the social housing agency made under Part 8 of the Act, the calculation mechanism, or Schedule 3 of the Act in respect of an income-related rent:
any assessment by the social housing agency relating to the eligibility of any tenant for social housing or the housing needs of a tenant.
These regulations specify that the body to which these appeals may be made is the Social Security Appeal Authority (the appeal authority) established under the Social Security Act 1964.
A tenant may appeal to the appeal authority if the decision, determination, or assessment to which the appeal relates has been confirmed or varied by a benefits review committee established under section 10A of the Social Security Act 1964, or was made by the chief executive of the social housing agency other than under a delegation.
These regulations, among other things,—
specify how an appeal to the appeal authority may be made:
provide for the application (with modifications) of various sections of the Social Security Act 1964 that relate to appeals to the appeal authority:
provide for the function of a benefits review committee and related matters.
Date of notification in Gazette: 10 April 2014.
These regulations are administered by the Ministry of Social Development and the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment.