Ministry of Social Development’s policies on benefit appeal processes.

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From: Jessica Dellabarca

Dear Ministry of Social Development,

I would like to make a request under the Official Information Act 1982 for information on the Ministry of Social Development’s policies on benefit appeal processes.

Could I please have the following information based on the most recently available 24 month data period. 

Internal Benefit Review Committee 
1)  The number and outcome of the decisions of the BRC broken down by no representation, client representation, lay-person advocate, and legal advocate. 

2) The process in which a "community member" of the review committee is chosen, the duration for this term and the number of community members in each region.  

3) Are there any publicly available benefit review committee decisions? If so, could I please have access to these or the process in which the decision is reached. 

4) Any policy and training documents about how these reviews are carried out. 

Social Security Appeal Authority 

1) The number and outcome of the decisions of the SSAA broken down by no representation, client representation, lay-person advocate, and legal advocate. 

2)  Policy documents provided to the members of the appeal authority in guiding their decisions. 

3) The process by which SSAA members are appointed.

Medical Appeal Board 

1) Policy documents provided to the members of the board in guiding their decisions. 

2)The process by which MAB members are appointed

3) The number and outcome of the decisions of the MAB broken down by no
representation, client representation, lay-person advocate, and legal advocate.

4) Are there any publicly available MAB decisions? If so, could I please have access to these or the process in which the decision is reached. 

 Appeals to the high court 

 1) The number and outcome of the decisions of the High Court broken down by no representation, client representation, lay-person advocate, and legal advocate.   

2) Any documents provided to beneficiaries or MSD representatives before attending a trial.

Ngā mihi nui,

Jessica Dellabarca

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Ministry of Social Development

Tēnā koe Jessica Dellabarca,

Thank you for your email received 11 November 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
Ko ta mātou he whakamana tangata kia tū haumaru, kia tū kaha, kia tū motuhake

Our Purpose:
We help New Zealanders to help themselves to be safe, strong and independent
Ko ta mātou he whakamana tangata kia tū haumaru, kia tū kaha, kia tū motuhake

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From: OIA_Requests (MSD)
Ministry of Social Development

Dear Jessica Dellabarca,

 

On 11 November 2020 you emailed the Ministry of Social Development (the
Ministry) requesting, under the Official Information Act 1982, the
following information:

 

Internal Benefit Review Committee

 

1)  The number and outcome of the decisions of the BRC broken down by no
representation, client representation, lay-person advocate, and legal
advocate. 

 

2) The process in which a "community member" of the review committee is
chosen, the duration for this term and the number of community members in
each region.  

 

3) Are there any publicly available benefit review committee decisions? If
so, could I please have access to these or the process in which the
decision is reached. 

 

4) Any policy and training documents about how these reviews are carried
out. 

 

Social Security Appeal Authority 

 

1) The number and outcome of the decisions of the SSAA broken down by no
representation, client representation, lay-person advocate, and legal
advocate. 

 

2)  Policy documents provided to the members of the appeal authority in
guiding their decisions. 

 

3) The process by which SSAA members are appointed.

 

Medical Appeal Board 

 

1) Policy documents provided to the members of the board in guiding their
decisions. 

 

2)The process by which MAB members are appointed

 

3) The number and outcome of the decisions of the MAB broken down by no
representation, client representation, lay-person advocate, and legal
advocate.

 

4) Are there any publicly available MAB decisions? If so, could I please
have access to these or the process in which the decision is reached. 

 

 Appeals to the high court 

 

 1) The number and outcome of the decisions of the High Court broken down
by no representation, client representation, lay-person advocate, and
legal advocate.   

 

2) Any documents provided to beneficiaries or MSD representatives before
attending a trial.

 

We have transferred part of your request to Ministry of Justice. Part of
the information to which your request is partially transferred is not held
by us but is believed to be held by Ministry of Justice. In these
circumstances, we are required by section 14 of the OIA to transfer your
request.

 

Please see below the questions that have been transferred to Ministry of
Justice

Social Security Appeal Authority 

 

1) The number and outcome of the decisions of the SSAA broken down by no
representation, client representation, lay-person advocate, and legal
advocate. 

 

2)  Policy documents provided to the members of the appeal authority in
guiding their decisions. 

 

3) The process by which SSAA members are appointed.

 Appeals to the high court 

 

 1) The number and outcome of the decisions of the High Court broken down
by no representation, client representation, lay-person advocate, and
legal advocate.   

 

Please note that according to sections 14 and 15(1) of the Official
Information Act, the 20-working day response period is reset by the
transfer and starts again on the day Ministry of Justice receives the
transfer notification. The Ministry notified Ministry of Justiceof the
transfer today.

 

You will hear further Minsitry of Justice concerning parts of your
request.

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.

 

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