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Benefit Claimants by 2017 Area Unit for Jun19, Sep19 and Dec19

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From: Adam Ward

Dear Ministry of Social Development,

Please could you provide a data set specifying the number of people claiming the following types of benefits by 2017 Area Unit Boundary:

- Job Seeker Support (JS Related)
- Sole Parent Support (SPS Related)
- Supported Living Payment (SLP Related)
- Other benefits

for the quarters ending Jun19, Sep19 & Dec19. If it is not possible to provide the data for all of the quarters specified due to the MSD's rules with regards to the distribution of contemporaneous data, please simply provide all permissible data in this regard.

We understand that benefit claimant figures lower than 5 will be suppressed as per the criteria of section 9(2)(a) of the Official Information Act and stipulations of the Privacy Act 1993.

This request is essentially a follow on request to job number IMSD-5348. The data required is exactly the same as provided under this job number but for the quarters specified above. As per our previous arrangements we understand that a charge will be associated to the provision of the data. Please feel free to contact either myself or Dr Paul Bracewell ([email address]) if you require any further information about our request.

Yours faithfully,

Dr Adam Ward

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From: OIA_Requests (MSD)
Ministry of Social Development

Tēnā koe Adam Ward

 

Thank you for your email received 6 January 2020, 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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From: OIA_Requests (MSD)
Ministry of Social Development

Kia ora Adam Ward,

 

Thank you for your Official Information Act request dated 6 January 2020.

 

Please be advised that the Ministry is likely to consider charging for the
provision of the information you have requested due to the predicted
considerable labour and materials required to respond to the request for
data.

 

You have requested information for the quarters ending June 2019,
September 2019 and December 2019. The Ministry is unable to run reporting
on the December quarter for another two weeks, please advise if you would
be happy to wait in order for the Ministry to run the report.

 

A rough indicative number taken from  a snapshot dataset shows that 30% of
the potential counts at broad benefit level (JS/SPS/SLP/Other) will need
to be supressed if primary and secondary suppression are applied. If the
Ministry did not supply grant totals in the Area unit level, then the need
for primary suppression would be around 21%. Based on this predicted level
of suppression, can you please advise if you would still like to proceed
with the OIA.

 

The Ministry can provide you with a quote based on the estimate of costs
based on the estimated time it would take to generate the data. The rate
will be calculated based on the Ombudsman’s charging guidelines avaliable
at the following link:
[1]www.ombudsman.parliament.nz/sites/default/files/2019-08/Charging%20August%202019.pdf.

 

Ngâ mihi

 

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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From: Adam Ward

Dear OIA_Requests (MSD),

Thank you for your correspondence. In relation to the questions you asked in your response...

1. "The Ministry is unable to run reporting on the December quarter for another two weeks, please advise if you would be happy to wait in order for the Ministry to run the report."

Yes we would be more than happy to wait another two weeks for the additional December data.

2. "A rough indicative number taken from a snapshot data set shows that 30% of the potential counts at broad benefit level (JS/SPS/SLP/Other) will need to be supressed. If the Ministry did not supply grant totals in the Area unit level, then the need for primary suppression would be around 21%. Based on this predicted level of suppression, can you please advise if you would still like to proceed with the OIA."

Unfortunately, I do not understand what you mean by "not supplying the grant totals in the Area Unit level". We simply require a data set which specifies, for instance, that in 2017 Area Unit 500000 there were W WAMB Clients claiming 'JS Related' benefits, X claiming 'Other Benefits', Y claiming 'SLP Related' benefits and Z claiming 'SPS Related' benefits. We do not require national totals at the AU level. As per previous requests of this nature we understand that counts lower than 5 are suppressed.

3. "The Ministry can provide you with a quote based on the estimate of costs based on the estimated time it would take to generate the data. The rate will be calculated based on the Ombudsman’s charging guidelines"

We are aware that the MSD may charge for the provision of the data. As long as this is (roughly) in line with the charges levied when we have requested similar data in the past, we will be happy to pay said charge in order to acquire the data

Yours sincerely,

Dr Adam Ward

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From: OIA_Requests (MSD)
Ministry of Social Development


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Tçnâ koe Adam Ward

 

Please find attached the Ministry’s Notification of Decision in relation
to your Official Information Act request.

 

Ngâ mihi

 

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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From: Adam Ward

Dear OIA_Requests (MSD),

Thank you for your latest email. In response to your question, yes please proceed with processing the data. We are more than happy to pay to receive the data.

On another note, this data forms part of our Dynamic Deprivation Index which measures socio-economic deprivation levels across New Zealand each month (https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10....). Since we will require access to this data for the foreseeable future, please could we arrange a meeting to discuss how we may set up a commercial arrangement to access this data on a regular basis instead of going through the OIA process.

I believe that you already have my email address and that or Dr Bracewell, but if you do not they are provided below:
[email address]
[email address]

Yours sincerely,

Adam Ward

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From: OIA_Requests (MSD)
Ministry of Social Development

Good afternoon Adam Ward

Thank you for your email, we are progressing with your information request below.
I have also forwarded your request for a meeting onto the Data team for them to respond to.
Your should expect to receive a response as soon as possible.
Many thanks

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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