Social Security (Expiry and Re-grant of Specified Benefits) Amendment Regulations 2016

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Social Security (Expiry and Re-grant of Specified Benefits) Amendment Regulations 2016

Jerry Mateparae, Governor-General

Order in Council

At Wellington this 7th day of March 2016

Present:
His Excellency the Governor-General in Council

These regulations are made under section 132M of the Social Security Act 1964 on the advice and with the consent of the Executive Council.

Regulations

1 Title

These regulations are the Social Security (Expiry and Re-grant of Specified Benefits) Amendment Regulations 2016.

2 Commencement

These regulations come into force on 4 April 2016.

3 Principal regulations

These regulations amend the Social Security (Expiry and Re-grant of Specified Benefits) Regulations 2013 (the principal regulations).

4 Regulation 4 amended (Certain benefits not subject to benefit expiry and re-grant provisions)
5 New regulation 5A inserted (Expiry date for sole parent support)

After regulation 5, insert:

5A Expiry date for sole parent support

(1)

The expiry date for sole parent support for the purposes of sections 80BE and 80BF of the Act is,—

(a)

in the case of a beneficiary receiving sole parent support to which the beneficiary was transferred on 15 July 2013 pursuant to clause 2(6) to (8) of Schedule 32 of the Act, the 12-month anniversary of the date on which the beneficiary’s original benefit commenced or, as the case may be, last commenced; and

(b)

in any other case, the 12-month anniversary of the date on which the beneficiary’s sole parent support commenced or, as the case may be, last commenced.

(2)

For the purposes of subclause (1)(a), the beneficiary’s original benefit means the benefit that the beneficiary was receiving immediately before 15 July 2013 that was either—

(a)

a domestic purposes benefit under section 27B of the Act; or

(b)

a widow’s benefit under section 21 of the Act.

Michael Webster,
Clerk of the Executive Council.

Explanatory note

This note is not part of the regulations, but is intended to indicate their general effect.

These regulations, which come into force on 4 April 2016, amend the Social Security (Expiry and Re-grant of Specified Benefits) Regulations 2013.

The effect of the amendments is to align the sole parent support benefit with the jobseeker support benefit, so that both benefits are subject to the same expiry and re-grant provisions in sections 80BE and 80BF of the Social Security Act 1964. This means that a recipient of sole parent support will need to reapply for that support every 52 weeks to avoid that support expiring.

Issued under the authority of the Legislation Act 2012.

Date of notification in Gazette: 10 March 2016.

These regulations are administered by the Ministry of Social Development.