National Civil Defence Emergency Management Plan Order 2015

74 Financial assistance

(1)

The Ministry of Social Development is the agency responsible at the national and CDEM Group levels for the co-ordination of the financial assistance sub-function.

(2)

The Ministry of Social Development co-ordinates the provision of information about, and access to, the range of financial assistance available to people affected by an emergency.

(3)

At the national level, support from the following agencies may be required to plan for and co-ordinate the following services:

(a)

the Accident Compensation Corporation, to ensure—

(i)

claimants who are unable to work because of a covered injury receive, or continue to receive, weekly compensation payments (in lieu of their salary); and

(ii)

the continuation of payments to treatment providers or the deferral of levy payments in certain circumstances; and

(b)

the Earthquake Commission, to provide information about—

(i)

claim lodgement and the settlement processes for natural disaster damage as defined in the Earthquake Commission Act 1993; and

(ii)

settlement of valid claims under the Earthquake Commission Act 1993 by way of payment, reinstatement, or replacement at the Earthquake Commission’s discretion; and

(c)

the Inland Revenue Department, to provide tax relief and income assistance through a range of measures; and

(d)

the Insurance Council of New Zealand, to provide specific disaster recovery information to assist with minimising loss, information on how to lodge insurance claims, and insurance company contacts; and

(e)

the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment, to help businesses to recover by providing information and support; and

(f)

the Ministry for Primary Industries, to provide, after an emergency affecting primary industry sector producers, on-farm relief that meets the Ministry’s funding criteria; and

(g)

the New Zealand Red Cross, to manage a national relief appeal and financial support services in the form of an independent relief or recovery cash grant process; and

(h)

the Salvation Army, to manage a relief appeal to assist affected persons in the most appropriate way.

(4)

At the CDEM Group level, support may be required by the following organisations:

(a)

local authorities,—

(i)

to participate in a disaster relief fund trust (if such a trust has been established in the region); and

(ii)

to manage and administer mayoral relief funds; and

(b)

the Accident Compensation Corporation,—

(i)

to provide compensation to claimants with a covered injury as a result of the emergency; and

(ii)

to ensure the continuation of payments to treatment providers or the deferral of levy payments in certain circumstances; and

(c)

the Earthquake Commission, to provide information about—

(i)

claim lodgement and the settlement processes for natural disaster damage as defined in the Earthquake Commission Act 1993; and

(ii)

settlement of valid claims under the Earthquake Commission Act 1993 by way of payment, reinstatement, or replacement at the Earthquake Commission’s discretion; and

(d)

the Inland Revenue Department, to deliver tax relief and income assistance; and

(e)

the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment, to help businesses to recover by providing information and support; and

(f)

the Ministry for Primary Industries, to provide, after an emergency affecting primary industry sector producers, on-farm relief that meets the Ministry’s funding criteria; and

(g)

the Salvation Army, to manage a relief financial appeal to assist affected persons in the most appropriate way; and

(h)

community-based organisations and networks, to assist affected persons to connect with financial assistance and services.

(5)

Depending on the consequences of an emergency, the Government may authorise extra measures of assistance.