Budget 2017 - Social Welfare

This table outlines the New Zealand Government's planned social welfare spending for the 2017/18 budget year.

Actual spending for the previous four years is on the left.

The numbers are drawn together from the Vote Social Development.

Links to the primary sources used, from Treasury's website, can be found at the bottom of the page.

Please note that some of the allocation titles have been shortened for the sake of space.  Included in the previous year's totals were ACC and Senior Citizen items which in the 2012/2013 and 2013/2014 budgets are no longer included in the Social Welfare pool.

Also note that some welfare and benefits are delivered through the tax system, and the costs of those items are set out here >> 

Figures for each allocation are in millions of NZ$.

Actual 2013/14 Actual 2014/15 Actual 2015/16 Actual 2016/17 Social Welfare: Budget 2017/18 %
NZ$m NZ$m NZ$m NZ$m   NZ$m  
3.290       Mainstream Supported Employment Programme    
52.355       Invalid's Benefit    
1.146 0.871     Management of SuperGold Card    
5.036 4.943     Administration of Community Services Card    
2.899 2.921 2.847   Youth Development    
128.663 131.049 130.781 95.528 Youth Justice Services    
0.945 0.950     Assistance to Disadvantaged Persons    
    2.257 0.700 National Leadership and Administration of Social Sector Trials programme, and Individual-led Social Sector Trials    
350.190 376.349 381.656 316.957 Care and Protection Services    
    5.111 1.411 Non-Governmental Organisation led Social Sector Teams and Contracted Programmes and Services    
13.440 13.478     Collection of Balances Owed by Former Clients and Non-beneficiaries    
      0.610 Place-based initiatives - national support    
17.674 18.675 18.773 16.879 Counselling and Rehabilitation Services    
2.334 1.996     Policy Advice - ACC    
8.235 7.615     Development and Funding of Community Services    
3.906 4.000     Prevention Services    
8.543 8.421 8.382 9.279 Education and Prevention Services    
0.427       Processing and Payment of Veterans' Pensions    
83.877 84.696 84.509 84.913 Family Wellbeing Services    
149.573       Provision of Housing and Related Services for Tenants Paying Income Related Rent    
2.039       Forgiveness of Interest on Veteran Trusts' Loans    
510.439       Purchase of Housing and Related Services for Tenants Paying Income Related Rent    
16.696 20.124 19.926 24.783 Immigration - Refugee and Protection Services    
4.956       Research and Evaluation    
0.009 20.351     Improving Employment Outcomes - Assistance    
5.185 7.314 8.588   Services for Young People    
0.074       Income Related Rent Subsidy for Community Housing Providers    
35.019 34.516     Services to Protect the Integrity of the Benefit System and Eligibility for Income Related Rent    
6.956 6.866 2.345 1.972 Integrated Whanau Social Assistance    
29.209       Sickness Benefit    
1.213 2.277     Administration of Trialling New Approaches to Social Sector Change    
2.381 2.382     Strengthening Providers and Communities    
5.554 8.137 12.505 8.780 Children’s Action Plan    
108.212 109.355     Strong Families    
    1.518 9.018 Designing and Implementing Social Investment    
    0.664   Support for the Provision of Social Housing Supply    
35.735 36.852     Family and Community Services    
0.964 0.954 0.540   Support for Veterans and Their Families    
      17.540 Hurunui/Kaikoura Earthquake Employment Support    
13.410       Support for Youth Payment and Young Parent Payment recipients    
  5.090     Improving Work Readiness - Assistance    
19.287       Support to prevent disengaged young people from coming on to benefit at the age of 18    
0.889 0.884 0.439   Youth Development Partnership Fund    
226.604       Tailored Sets of Services to Help People into Work or Achieve Independence    
14.045 7.298     Connected Communities    
4.762 5.590     Trialling New Approaches to Social Sector Change    
6.294       Forecast, Modelling, Information Monitoring and Analysis    
28.546       Unemployment Benefit and Emergency Benefit    
  11.589     Information, Evaluation and Analytics Services    
165.250       Veterans' Pension    
62.916       Domestic Purposes Benefit    
23.392       Vocational Skills Training    
18.560 15.343 39.940   Benefits Paid in Australia    
119.467 50.327     War Disablement Pensions    
254.635       Impairment of Debt Relating to Child Support    
2.223       Widow's Benefit    
      0.040 Administering Support for the Mental Health and Employment Social Bond Pilot 0.040 0.0
0.002   0.003 0.050 Government Superannuation Appeals Board 0.050 0.0
        Evaluation and Auditing Expenses for the Reducing Youth Reoffending Social Bond Pilot 0.075 0.0
0.041 0.037 0.037 0.088 Special Annuities 0.089 0.0
  2.725   0.203 Fair Value Write Down on Veteran Trust Loans and Thirty-Year Endowment 0.203 0.0
      0.205 Place-based Initiatives - Tairawhiti Local Leadership 0.225 0.0
0.216 0.195 0.339 0.364 Other Advice 0.269 0.0
  0.528 0.384 0.588 Processing of Veterans’ Pensions 0.443 0.0
        He Tikanga a-Whanau mo te Whakakore Tukino (Whanau-centred Family Violence Interventions) 0.550 0.0
      0.241 Mental Health and Employment Social Bond Pilot 0.633 0.0
0.351 0.326 0.428 0.650 Management of the New Zealand Superannuation Fund 0.728 0.0
1.835 1.298 1.082 0.900 Child Tax Credit 0.900 0.0
0.941 0.978 0.887 1.010 Promoting Positive Outcomes for Seniors 1.022 0.0
0.466 0.445   0.490 Ministerial Services 1.156 0.0
    0.001 0.065 Transitional Assistance 1.313 0.0
  0.693 1.542 2.308 Extraordinary Care Fund 2.308 0.0
      2.682 Administering Youth Development 2.339 0.0
  3.617 3.247 2.323 Work Assistance 2.423 0.0
2.157 2.157 2.157 2.157 Children's Commissioner 2.657 0.0
        Connection and Advocacy Service 2.900 0.0
5.310 8.501 5.675 4.045 Promoting Positive Outcomes for Disabled People 3.716 0.0
5.230 5.381 6.058 6.344 Planning, Correspondence and Monitoring 4.494 0.0
4.182 4.242 4.531 5.053 Victims' Services 5.387 0.0
        Reducing Youth Reoffending Social Bond Pilot 5.398 0.0
6.032 6.032 6.032 6.032 Support and Assistance provided by Victim Support to Victims of Crime 6.032 0.0
    6.176 4.879 Management of Service Cards 6.705 0.0
6.526 6.971 6.998 5.793 Adoption Services 7.247 0.0
5.782 6.092 5.782 6.682 Commerce and Consumer Affairs: Retirement Commissioner 7.522 0.0
      2.000 Claims Resolution 7.683 0.0
      7.833 Increasing Youth Development Opportunities 8.253 0.0
    3.909 8.591 Veterans' Independence Programme 11.246 0.0
12.173 11.935 11.438 11.044 Special Circumstance Assistance 11.269 0.0
  7.778 7.801 10.650 Assessments, Treatment & Rehabilitation 11.593 0.0
14.275 15.975 13.765 13.000 Minimum Family Tax Credit 12.000 0.0
10.305 9.869 12.331 14.092 Families Commission 12.639 0.0
    11.150 13.170 Data, Analytics and Evidence Services 12.855 0.0
        Prevention 13.372 0.0
16.727 7.134 12.652 11.107 ACC - Compensation Entitlements - Treatment Injuries for Non-Earners 13.891 0.1
16.763 16.701 15.680 17.356 Management of Student Support 16.459 0.1
17.852 18.899 20.357 21.276 Policy Advice 18.826 0.1
19.396 18.188 18.124 19.410 Out of School Care and Recreation Programmes 19.473 0.1
      32.728 Transformation Programme: Investing in New Zealand Children and their Families 21.624 0.1
17.640 20.967 30.480 30.000 Parental Tax Credit 29.000 0.1
      13.224 Supporting and Developing Providers and Services 35.463 0.1
37.788 36.595 36.787 43.781 Income Support and Assistance to Seniors 37.150 0.1
28.758 27.932 35.114 35.000 Government Superannuation Fund Authority – Crown’s Share of Expenses 38.000 0.1
    49.249 49.209 Investigation of Overpayments and Fraudulent Payments and Collection of Overpayments 49.808 0.2
39.211 41.646 41.088 46.195 Youth Payment and Young Parent Payment 58.360 0.2
49.040 23.323 26.903 50.391 ACC - Compensation Entitlements 58.941 0.2
9.106 53.198 67.252 84.969 Improving Work Readiness Outcomes 86.339 0.3
  64.741 106.698 97.440 Veterans Support Entitlement 90.915 0.3
65.127 59.675 -0.661 97.891 Debt Write-downs 96.933 0.4
      25.000 Corporate Support Services 105.500 0.4
121.559 132.020 142.893 152.267 Orphan's/Unsupported Child's Benefit 161.730 0.6
  177.503 185.849 174.853 Veterans’ Pension 162.002 0.6
106.873 111.995 111.303 158.078 ACC - Case Management and Supporting Services 167.716 0.6
185.596 183.095 182.138 197.345 Childcare Assistance 197.320 0.7
      24.587 Early and Intensive Intervention 251.076 0.9
147.535 306.874 298.466 289.438 Administering Income Support 266.514 1.0
241.595 265.078 279.501 279.000 Child Support Payments 291.000 1.1
121.064 257.627 294.655 299.246 Improving Employment Outcomes 309.519 1.1
96.815 180.286 216.824 282.000 Paid Parental Leave Payments 338.000 1.2
270.835 276.884 289.558 341.979 Hardship Assistance 343.761 1.3
379.444 377.001 376.943 377.022 Disability Assistance 379.491 1.4
      110.789 Statutory Intervention and Transition 503.087 1.8
613.744 684.125 581.360 524.200 Government Superannuation Fund Unfunded Liability 538.597 2.0
533.266 511.186 513.245 566.000 In-Work Tax Credit 561.000 2.1
  703.207 755.268 847.994 Part payment of rent to social housing providers 900.451 3.3
1,221.895 1,186.493 1,152.990 1,163.696 Sole Parent Support 1,116.799 4.1
1,145.875 1,128.850 1,163.674 1,128.656 Accommodation assistance 1,217.767 4.5
1,421.910 1,514.559 1,523.016 1,529.520 Supported Living Payment 1,530.887 5.6
1,691.007 1,683.877 1,671.316 1,694.839 Jobseeker Support and Emergency Benefit 1,662.932 6.1
1,965.263 1,854.048 1,793.410 1,763.000 Family Tax Credit 1,823.000 6.7
10,913.103 11,591.026 12,266.832 13,043.729 New Zealand Superannuation 13,670.779 50.0
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$24,128.1 $24,611.7 $25,091.5 $26,345.2 Totals: $27,337.8 100%

Note that some welfare and benefits are delivered through the tax system, and the costs of those items are set out here >>

You can get back to the main page that summarises all government spending here >> 

Sources:

Social Development: https://budget.govt.nz/budget/2017/by/vote/socdev.htm

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