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Prosecution of undeclared partners

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From: Alley

Dear Ministry of Social Development,

As the government has signalled a future change to MSD rules pertaining to undeclared relationships and there plans to drop having to declare relationships.how many people were prosecuted by MSD in 2019 for benefit fraud by not declaring partners/spouses and will they still actively investigate people or have they changed there policies concerning this matter.

Yours faithfully,

Alley

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From: OIA_Requests (MSD)
Ministry of Social Development

Tēnā koe Alley

 

Thank you for your email received 6 November 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.

 

Nā mātou noa, nā

 

Official and Parliamentary Information team   |  Ministerial and
Executive Services

Ministry of Social Development

 

Our Purpose:
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Manaaki Tangata, Manaaki Whānau

 

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From: OIA_Requests (MSD)
Ministry of Social Development

Dear Alley,

 

Thank you for your email of 6 November 2019 to the Ministry requesting,
under the Official Information Act 1982, the following information:

 

o As the government has signalled a future change to MSD rules
pertaining to undeclared relationships and there are plans to drop
relationship declarations. How many people were prosecuted by MSD in
2019 for benefit fraud by not declaring partners or spouses?
o Will the Ministry still actively investigate people or has the
Ministry changed policies concerning this matter?

 

This letter is to advise you that the Ministry has received your request,
however requires more time to respond to this request. In accordance with
section 15(1) and 15A of the Official Information Act, the Ministry’s
decision will be with you no later than 10 January 2019. This length of
time takes into account the non-working days over the December/January
period.

 

The reason for the extension is that consultations necessary to make a
decision on the request are such that a proper response to the request
cannot reasonably be made within the original time limit.

 

You have the right to seek an investigation and review by the Ombudsman of
this decision. Information about how to make a complaint is available at
[1]www.ombudsman.parliament.nz or 0800 802 602.

 

If you wish to discuss any aspect of your request with us, including this
decision, please feel free to contact [2][MSD request email].

 

We will respond to you sooner if we are able to.

 

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

 

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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
attachments after transmission from the Ministry.
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Ministry of Social Development


Attachment 20191220 Notification of Decision ALLEY.pdf
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Dear Alley

 

Please find attached a Notification of Decision regarding your Official
Information Act request.

 

Thank you

 

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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