URGENT: Protections Framework and "Designated Premises"

Ashleigh Fechney made this Official Information request to Ministry of Social Development

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From: Ashleigh Fechney

Dear Ministry of Social Development,

I make this urgent request to assist the people in understanding what a "designated premises" is for the purposes of the COVID-19 Public Health Response (Protections Framework) Order 2021.

In accordance with the Protections Framework, a person seeking goods or services must not be refused access to the premises of health services that are partly or wholly funded by the Ministry of Social Development.

Please urgently supply the following information under the Official Information Act 1982:

- All premises that are partly or wholly funded by the Ministry of Social Development.

I understand that a decision on a request for information under the Official Information Act 1982 should be made within 20 working days of receiving that request.

However, in the circumstances, I request that this request be treated as urgent, in accordance with section 12 of the Official Information Act 1983:

- The COVID-19 Public Health Response (Protection Framework) Order 2021 came into force at 11.59pm on 2 December 2021.
- Legal representatives are required to provide advice on the effect of the Protection Framework. This is imperative to the right to justice. The people deserve to know what premises they will not be refused access from.

I look forward to receiving your urgent response.

Yours faithfully,

Ashleigh Fechney

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Ministry of Social Development

Tēnā koe Ashleigh Fechney

Thank you for your email received 3 December 2021, under the Official Information Act 1982. Your request has been forwarded to the appropriate officials at National Office to respond. 

The Ministry is focussing its resources on supporting New Zealanders through COVID-19 by administering welfare support during this unprecedented time.  Resources within our business units, where information for OIA requests is drawn from, is limited or unavailable.  Staff have been redeployed to assist the frontline with the processing of welfare payments. As such, there may be a delay in you receiving a response from the Ministry.

Thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. 

Ngā manaakitanga,

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

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