Social Security (Childcare Assistance) Amendment Regulations 2017

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Coat of Arms of New Zealand

Social Security (Childcare Assistance) Amendment Regulations 2017

Patsy Reddy, Governor-General

Order in Council

At Wellington this 27th day of February 2017

Present:
The Right Hon Bill English presiding in Council

These regulations are made under section 132AC 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 (Childcare Assistance) Amendment Regulations 2017.

2 Commencement

These regulations come into force on 1 April 2017.

3 Principal regulations

These regulations amend the Social Security (Childcare Assistance) Regulations 2004 (the principal regulations).

4 Regulation 25 amended (Approval of programmes)

Replace regulation 25(1) with:

(1)

The chief executive, if satisfied, in the light of the matters stated in regulation 27, that an out-of-school programme or proposed out-of-school programme is or will be properly run, may, by written notice to the provider, approve it for the purposes of this Part.

5 Regulation 26 replaced (Suspension and revocation of approvals)

Replace regulation 26 with:

26 Suspension and revocation of approvals

The chief executive may, by written notice to its provider, suspend or revoke the approval of a programme under regulation 25,—

(a)

if the chief executive is satisfied, in the light of the matters stated in regulation 27, that it is not properly run; or

(b)

if, after making reasonable efforts to do so, the chief executive has been unable to obtain enough information to be satisfied, in the light of the matters stated in regulation 27, that it is properly run; or

(c)

if the chief executive is satisfied that there has been a breach of a condition subject to which the approval was given.

6 Schedule 1 amended

In each provision of Schedule 1 of the principal regulations listed in the first column of the Schedule of these regulations, replace the amount set out opposite to it in the second column with the amount set out opposite to it in the third column.

7 Revocation

Schedule Amendments to Schedule 1 to increase rates

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Provision amendedOld amount ($) New amount ($)
Clause 1(a)5.005.06
Clause 1(ab)4.004.04
Clause 1(b)2.792.82
Clause 1(c)1.551.57
Clause 2(a)5.005.06
Clause 2(ab)4.004.04
Clause 2(b)2.792.82
Clause 2(c)1.551.57
Clause 3(a)5.005.06
Clause 3(ab)4.004.04
Clause 3(b)2.792.82
Clause 3(c)1.551.57

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 1 April 2017, amend the Social Security (Childcare Assistance) Regulations 2004 (the principal regulations) by increasing the rates of childcare and OSCAR (out-of-school care and recreation) subsidies available to certain caregivers with dependent children.

The increases reflect a 1.10% increase in the New Zealand Consumers Price Index from the December 2015 quarter to the December 2016 quarter (calculated for all quarters using the New Zealand Consumers Price Index (All Groups), excluding cigarettes and other tobacco products).

New regulations 25(1) and 26 remove references to the abolished Department of Child, Youth, and Family Services (whose functions were transferred to the Ministry of Social Development on 1 July 2006). The function of approving OSCAR services stays with the Ministry of Social Development, and does not transfer to the Ministry of Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki, on 1 April 2017.

Issued under the authority of the Legislation Act 2012.

Date of notification in Gazette: 2 March 2017.

These regulations are administered by the Ministry of Social Development.