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Benefit Overpayments

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From: R JUNIOR

Dear Ministry of Social Development,

Please provide information on how beneficiary over-payments are calculated

Provide figures on how many beneficiaries have been overpaid in the last 3 years

The total amount that has been overpaid to beneficiaries in the last 3 years

How much has been recovered (over-payment debts) from beneficiaries in the last 3 years

Figures/information on how many over-payment debts have been challenged through Review of Decision

Figures on how many over-payment debts were found to have been incorrect and consequently wiped

Any information regarding common reasons for incorrectly calculating over-payment debts

Please dismiss cases/figures of fraud or investigation of fraud when giving figures, as per FYI.org.nz request #8408: "The vast majority of overpayments established by the Ministry are not cases of criminal fraud. They are simply cases where a client's circumstances have changed and they have not let Work and Income know in time before a payment has been made."

Yours faithfully,
R JUNIOR

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From: OIA_Requests (MSD)
Ministry of Social Development

 

Tēnā koe R Junior

 

Thank you for your email received 25 October 2019, under the Official
Information Act 1982. Your request has been forwarded to the appropriate
officials at National Office to respond. You may expect a decision
regarding your request to be sent to you as soon as possible.

 

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Ministry of Social Development

 

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Attachment 20191127 Extension Letter JUNIOR.pdf
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Tēnā koe R Junior

 

Please find attached a letter advising you of the need to extend the
timeframe for a response to your Official Information Act request of 25
October 2019.

 

Nā mātou noa, nā

 

Official and Parliamentary Information team   |  Ministerial and
Executive Services

Ministry of Social Development

 

Our Purpose:
We help New Zealanders to be safe, strong and independent
Manaaki Tangata, Manaaki Whānau

 

 

 

 

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information that is confidential and subject to legal privilege. If you
are not the intended recipient, any use, dissemination, distribution or
duplication of this email and attachments is prohibited. If you have
received this email in error please notify the author immediately and
erase all copies of the email and attachments. The Ministry of Social
Development accepts no responsibility for changes made to this message or
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From: OIA_Requests (MSD)
Ministry of Social Development

R Junior

[1][FOI #11530 email]

 

Dear R Junior

On 25 October 2019 you emailed the Ministry requesting, under the
Official Information Act 1982, the following information:

·         How beneficiary over-payments are calculated

 

·         Figures on how many beneficiaries have been overpaid in the last
3 years

 

·         The total amount that has been overpaid to beneficiaries in the
last 3 years

 

·         How much has been recovered (over-payment debts) from
beneficiaries in the last 3 years

 

·         Figures/information on how many over-payment debts have been
challenged through Review of Decision

 

·         Figures on how many over-payment debts were found to have been
incorrect and consequently wiped

 

·         Any information regarding common reasons for incorrectly
calculating over-payment debts

 

The Ministry has decided to grant your request. However, it will take some
time to prepare the information for release. The information will be sent
to you by 27 January 2020.

 

If you wish to discuss this decision with us, please feel free to contact
[2][MSD request email]

 

If you are not satisfied with this decision, you have the right to seek an
investigation and review by the Ombudsman. Information about how to make a
complaint is available at [3]www.ombudsman.parliament.nz  or 0800 802 602.

 

Yours sincerely

Official and Parliamentary Information team   |  Ministerial and
Executive Services

Ministry of Social Development

 

Our Purpose:
We help New Zealanders to be safe, strong and independent.
Manaaki Tangata, Manaaki Whānau.

 

 

------------------------------- This email and any attachments may contain
information that is confidential and subject to legal privilege. If you
are not the intended recipient, any use, dissemination, distribution or
duplication of this email and attachments is prohibited. If you have
received this email in error please notify the author immediately and
erase all copies of the email and attachments. The Ministry of Social
Development accepts no responsibility for changes made to this message or
attachments after transmission from the Ministry.
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2. mailto:[MSD request email]
3. http://www.ombudsman.parliament.nz/

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Ministry of Social Development


Attachment 20200127 Signed Response JUNIOR.pdf
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Tçnâ koe R Junior

 

Please find attached the Ministry’s response to your Official Information
Act request.

 

Nâ mâtou noa, nâ

 

Official and Parliamentary Information team   |  Ministerial and
Executive Services

Ministry of Social Development

 

Our Purpose:
We help New Zealanders to be safe, strong and independent.
Manaaki Tangata, Manaaki Whânau.

 

 

 

------------------------------- This email and any attachments may contain
information that is confidential and subject to legal privilege. If you
are not the intended recipient, any use, dissemination, distribution or
duplication of this email and attachments is prohibited. If you have
received this email in error please notify the author immediately and
erase all copies of the email and attachments. The Ministry of Social
Development accepts no responsibility for changes made to this message or
attachments after transmission from the Ministry.
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