Emergency benefit rates

Brenda made this Official Information request to Ministry of Social Development

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From: Brenda

Dear Ministry of Social Development,

The social security act in section 63 allows granting a job seeker benefit not otherwise eligible, if they are under hardship.

s63(3) says the rate is at the description of MSD


Can you provide any info on what rates you currently pay these?

Information such as:

How many people are granted the job seeker benefit via this section of the act? (instead of eligible)
What's the range of rates paid to these people? (min/max)
what's the median rate?
what's the mean rate?
Are there any internal documents for guidance or some form of schedule in your polices on what rates are paid?

I am most interested in the current 2021/2020 year data, but if you have info going back further it would be useful.



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Tçnâ koe Brenda

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Dear Brenda


Please find attached the Ministry’s response to your Official Information
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Yours sincerely


Official and Parliamentary Information team | Ministerial and Executive

Ministry of Social Development


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