Budget 2018 - Social Welfare

This table outlines the New Zealand Government's planned social welfare spending for the 2018/19 budget year.

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

The numbers are drawn together from the Vote Social Development and Vote Social Housing. (Updated with the Accommodation Supplement separated out.)

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

Figures for each allocation are in millions of NZ$.

Actual 2014/15 Actual 2015/16 Actual 2016/17 Actual 2017/18   Budget 2018/19 %
NZ$m NZ$m NZ$m NZ$m   NZ$m  
0.3 - - - Housing Support Package - 0.0
0.6 - - - Short-term Housing in Canterbury - 0.0
1.0 - - - Assistance to Disadvantaged Persons - 0.0
2.3 - - - Administration of Trialling New Approaches to Social Sector Change - 0.0
2.4 - - - Strengthening Providers and Communities - 0.0
4.0 - - - Prevention Services - 0.0
5.6 - - - Trialling New Approaches to Social Sector Change - 0.0
7.3 - - - Connected Communities - 0.0
7.6 - - - Development and Funding of Community Services - 0.0
13.5 - - - Collection of Balances Owed by Former Clients and Non-beneficiaries - 0.0
20.4 - - - Services to Support People to Access Accommodation - 0.0
30.3 - - - Social Policy Advice - 0.0
34.5 - - - Services to Protect the Integrity of the Benefit System and Eligibility for Income Related Rent - 0.0
36.9 - - - Family and Community Services - 0.0
71.7 - - - Participation and Inclusion for Disabled People - 0.0
109.4 - - - Strong Families - 0.0
0.9 0.4 - - Youth Development Partnership Fund - 0.0
- 0.7 - - Support for the Provision of Social Housing Supply - 0.0
2.9 2.8 - - Youth Development - 0.0
3.6 4.8 - - Property Management Centre of Expertise - 0.0
7.3 8.6 - - Services for Young People - 0.0
15.3 39.9 - - Benefits Paid in Australia - 0.0
703.2 755.3 - - Part Payment of Rent to Social Housing Providers - 0.0
- - 0.3 - Place-based Initiatives - National Support - 0.0
- 7.4 2.0 - Social Sector Trials - 0.0
7.0 7.0 4.0 - Adoption Services - 0.0
- 2.7 6.2 - Emergency Housing Response - 0.0
- 1.5 8.3 - Designing and Implementing Social Investment - 0.0
8.1 12.5 8.8 - Children’s Action Plan - 0.0
8.4 8.4 9.2 - Education and Prevention Services - 0.0
18.7 18.8 16.9 - Counselling and Rehabilitation Services - 0.0
- - 17.4 - Hurunui/Kaikoura Earthquake Employment Support - 0.0
- - 21.1 - Transformation Programme: Investing in New Zealand Children and their Families - 0.0
- 44.9 37.3 - Investing in Communities - 0.0
84.7 84.5 84.8 - Family Wellbeing Services - 0.0
131.0 130.8 95.5 - Youth Justice Services - 0.0
- 113.8 107.2 - Strong Families and Connected Communities - 0.0
376.3 381.7 317.0 - Care and Protection Services - 0.0
- - - 0.6 Administering the Legacy Social Housing Fund - 0.0
9.9 12.3 14.1 1.9 Families Commission - 0.0
- - - 7.2 Social Housing Provider Development - 0.0
- - - 0.1 Administering Support for the Mental Health and Employment Social Bond Pilot 0.0 0.0
- - 0.2 0.4 Place-based Initiatives - Tairawhiti Local Leadership 0.4 0.0
0.3 0.3 0.4 0.5 Independent Advice on Government Priority Areas 0.5 0.0
- - 0.2 0.6 Mental Health and Employment Social Bond Pilot 0.6 0.0
0.5 0.4 0.5 0.6 Processing of Veterans’ Pensions 0.7 0.0
0.4 0.4 0.2 0.7 Family Start/NGO Awards 0.7 0.0
1.0 0.9 0.9 1.2 Promoting Positive Outcomes for Seniors 1.0 0.0
- 0.0 0.0 1.1 Transitional Assistance 1.3 0.0
0.7 1.5 0.8 1.5 Extraordinary Care Fund 2.3 0.0
3.6 3.2 2.3 2.6 Work Assistance 2.6 0.0
- - 1.8 12.3 Claims Resolution 3.0 0.0
2.2 2.2 2.2 2.7 Children's Commissioner 3.2 0.0
3.3 3.3 3.3 3.5 Student Placement Services 3.5 0.0
8.5 5.7 4.0 5.2 Promoting Positive Outcomes for Disabled People 4.4 0.0
5.4 6.1 6.3 5.6 Planning, Correspondence and Monitoring 5.7 0.0
5.8 6.2 4.6 5.7 Management of Service Cards 5.9 0.0
- - - 7.6 Supporting Equitable Pay for Care and Support Workers 9.7 0.0
11.9 11.4 10.9 10.6 Special Circumstance Assistance 10.9 0.0
- - 10.3 10.6 Partnering for Youth Development 12.6 0.0
- 20.4 19.8 14.5 Policy Advice 16.0 0.1
13.5 15.0 15.1 16.6 Management of Student Loans 16.7 0.1
16.7 15.7 16.7 17.2 Management of Student Support 17.2 0.1
- 11.2 11.7 12.8 Data, Analytics and Evidence Services 17.8 0.1
11.8 11.2 12.1 16.2 Study Scholarships and Awards 19.2 0.1
18.2 18.1 17.8 19.5 Out of School Care and Recreation Programmes 19.5 0.1
- - - 20.4 Community Group Housing 23.8 0.1
- 49.2 48.1 47.1 Investigation of Overpayments and Fraudulent Payments and Collection of Overpayments 47.8 0.2
36.6 36.8 43.2 46.8 Income Support and Assistance to Seniors 47.9 0.2
41.6 41.1 46.2 55.4 Youth Payment and Young Parent Payment 57.8 0.2
- 29.3 47.2 61.3 Social Housing Outcomes Support 59.4 0.2
59.7 - 0.7 68.1 79.5 Debt Write-downs 79.1 0.3
- 75.1 81.8 81.2 Community Participation Services 81.2 0.3
- - 25.0 87.0 Corporate Support Services 86.6 0.3
- - - 94.3 Community Support Services 105.4 0.4
90.9 112.3 84.4 107.0 Ministry of Social Development - Capital Expenditure 121.8 0.5
177.5 185.8 175.0 162.9 Veterans’ Pension 153.9 0.6
- - 8.1 125.2 Transitional Housing 168.2 0.6
183.1 182.1 198.6 198.1 Childcare Assistance 198.2 0.7
141.0 152.3 184.9 200.8 Recoverable Assistance 205.1 0.8
132.0 142.9 152.1 164.5 Orphan's/Unsupported Child's Benefit 217.7 0.8
276.9 289.6 352.5 350.4 Hardship Assistance 267.9 1.0
377.0 376.9 377.0 379.0 Disability Assistance 378.5 1.4
- - - - Winter Energy Payment 443.0 1.6
511.1 485.7 464.9 509.0 Student Allowances 581.2 2.1
643.1 660.4 658.6 656.7 Improved Employment and Social Outcomes Support 688.3 2.5
- - 822.6 935.5 Social Housing Purchasing 1,013.3 3.7
1,186.5 1,153.0 1,158.6 1,109.1 Sole Parent Support 1,084.0 4.0
1,616.9 1,610.3 1,572.6 1,471.7 Student Loans 1,458.6 5.4
1,128.9 1,163.7 1,127.0 1,208.3 Accommodation Supplement 1,507.6 5.6
1,514.6 1,523.0 1,532.6 1,540.2 Supported Living Payment 1,554.5 5.7
1,683.9 1,671.3 1,697.0 1,693.1 Jobseeker Support and Emergency Benefit 1,711.9 6.3
11,591.0 12,266.8 13,043.3 13,702.5 New Zealand Superannuation 14,538.9 53.7
23,221.3 23,978.9 24,861.5 25,266.9 Grand Total 27,057.2 100.0

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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