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From: John Doe

Dear Ministry of Social Development,

Official Information Request: Ministry of Social Development Social Security Appeal Authority

Please supply the following under the Official Information Act:

1. What is the membership of the Social Security Appeal Authority?

2. On what grounds are members of the Social Security Appeal Authority selected?

3. Are there any grounds for disqualification from the Social Security Appeal Authority?

4. How many MSD employees work in the Social Security Appeal Authority per year between 2000-2020?

5. How are Social Security Appeal Authority decisions made?
a) Is there a set of pre-determined factors that the Social Security Appeal Authority uses to make a decision?
b) What are the factors the Social Security Appeal Authority must or is likely to take into account in making its decision?
c) Is there any other information you can provide on how Social Security Appeal Authority decisions are made?
d) What are the grounds for making a decision “on the papers” without holding an appeal?

6. Of the cases seen by the Social Security Appeal Authority from 2000-2020, how many were decided without holding an appeal?

7. What are the rights and entitlements of benefit recipients during the Social Security Appeal Authority process?

8. What information is available to benefit recipients to inform them of these rights and entitlements?

9. How many cases seen by the Social Security Appeal Authority from 2000 - 2020 had relationship status (or marriage type relationship fraud) as a line of enquiry?

10. Of the cases seen by the Social Security Appeal Authority from 2000-2020 where relationship status (or marriage type relationship fraud) was a line of inquiry;
a) How many resulted in the client’s benefit being stopped from 2000-2020?
b) How many resulted in the client’s benefit being reduced from 2000-2020?
c) How many resulted in the client’s benefit continuing as it was previously from 2000-2020?

11. How many clients accessed legal advice during the Social Security Appeal Authority process?

If you need any additional information on the nature of this request, please let us know as soon as possible.

Yours faithfully,

Equal Justice Project
Pro Bono Team

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Ministry of Social Development

Tēnā koe John Doe,

Thank you for your email received 6 September 2020, under the Official Information Act 1982. Your request has been forwarded to the appropriate officials at National Office to respond. You can expect a decision as soon as reasonably practicable, and in any case not later than 20 working days after the day on which the request was received.
 
Nā mātou noa, nā

Official and Parliamentary Information team   |  Ministerial and Executive Services
Ministry of Social Development

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We help New Zealanders to help themselves to be safe, strong and independent
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From: OIA_Requests (MSD)
Ministry of Social Development

Tçnâ koe John Doe

On 16 September 2020 you emailed the Ministry of Social Development (the
Ministry) requesting, under the Official Information Act 1982, the
following information in relation to the Social Security Appeal Authority:

1. What is the membership of the Social Security Appeal Authority?

2. On what grounds are members of the Social Security Appeal Authority
selected?

3. Are there any grounds for disqualification from the Social Security
Appeal Authority?

4. How many MSD employees work in the Social Security Appeal Authority per
year between 2000-2020?

5. How are Social Security Appeal Authority decisions made?

a) Is there a set of pre-determined factors that the Social Security
Appeal Authority uses to make a decision?

b) What are the factors the Social Security Appeal Authority must or is
likely to take into account in making its decision?

c) Is there any other information you can provide on how Social Security
Appeal Authority decisions are made?

d) What are the grounds for making a decision “on the papers” without
holding an appeal?

6. Of the cases seen by the Social Security Appeal Authority from
2000-2020, how many were decided without holding an appeal?

7. What are the rights and entitlements of benefit recipients during the
Social Security Appeal Authority process?

8. What information is available to benefit recipients to inform them of
these rights and entitlements?

9. How many cases seen by the Social Security Appeal Authority from 2000 -
2020 had relationship status (or marriage type relationship fraud) as a
line of enquiry?

10. Of the cases seen by the Social Security Appeal Authority from
2000-2020 where relationship status (or marriage type relationship fraud)
was a line of inquiry;

a) How many resulted in the client’s benefit being stopped from 2000-2020?

b) How many resulted in the client’s benefit being reduced from 2000-2020?

c) How many resulted in the client’s benefit continuing as it was
previously from 2000-2020?

11. How many clients accessed legal advice during the Social Security
Appeal Authority process?

 

We have transferred your request to the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) as the
information you seek is not held by us but is believed to be held by MOJ.
In these circumstances, we are required by section 14 of the OIA to
transfer your request.

 

You will hear further from MOJ concerning this 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.

 

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Kia ora Mr Doe

We acknowledge receipt of your request regarding the Social Security Appeal Authority which has been transferred to the Ministry of Justice from the Ministry of Social Development.

This has been forwarded onto the relevant business unit to respond to.
You can expect a response by 14 October 2020

Regards
Official Correspondence
Strategy, Governance and Finance
DDI: +64 4 918 8800
www.justice.govt.nz

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