Social Security (Youth Support and Work Focus) Amendment Bill
On 27 March 2012, Parliament referred the Social Security (Youth Support and Work Focus) Amendment Bill to the Social Services Select Committee for consideration. The committee intends to report back to the House of Representatives by 31 May 2012.
The Social Security (Youth Support and Work Focus) Amendment Bill focuses on three broad areas:
· the introduction of a new system of income support for young people (the Youth Package) including provision for external contractors to provide wrap-around services to these young people
providing support to youth aged 16 and 17 years who may need help to prevent them from coming on to benefit when they turn 18, and information sharing to allow identification of these young people
· strengthening work availability expectations and work preparation requirements for sole parents, widows, women alone, and partners of people receiving a main benefit.
The committee has resolved to publicly call for submissions and advises that submissions will close at 5pm on Friday, 13 April, and no late submissions will be accepted.
Hearings will be held at short notice, in mid to late April. Hearings will be held in Wellington, and if required Auckland and Christchurch.
Submissions should be forwarded by the due date, either online using Parliament’s website www.parliament.nz or in writing to the address below. Submitters who wish to appear before the committee need to state this clearly and provide: name, daytime phone number, and email address. Submissions generally become public and are published on Parliament’s website. For further guidance on making a submission, please read Making a submission to a Parliamentary Select Committee on Parliament’s website or contact the clerk of the committee on 04 817 9046
Address for Correspondence: Social Services Committee, Parliament Buildings, WELLINGTON 6160.