Earlier changes

What's new

2 April 2021

Transitional Assistance Payment

The Transitional Assistance Payment available from 1 April 2020 until 1 April 2021 has been removed from Map.

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1 April 2021

Changes to Map from 1 April 2021

A large number of changes in Map have been published for the Annual General Adjustment to financial assistance available for clients. Due to the number of changes it would really help us if you find any errors, please contact us so we can fix them.

Annual general adjustment

Rates increased on 1 April 2021 by the annual general adjustment have been amended in Deskfile. Other parts of Map have also been amended to incorporate the increased rates.

Income abatement thresholds

The amount a client can earn before their benefit is reduced due to additional income has increased. The amount of the increase depends on the client's personal circumstances. See:

Transitional Assistance Payment - Abatement Threshold Increase

Transitional Assistance Payment - Abatement Threshold Increase has been introduced so no clients will have their extra help affected by increases in main benefits and other assistance. This is a non-taxable payment for clients whose extra help may have been reduced by the increase in abatement thresholds.

Clients will automatically get Transitional Assistance Payments, and clients do not need to apply. See:

Dependent child or children

The definition of a dependent child has been corrected to exclude a child Orphans Benefit or Unsupported Childs Benefit is being paid for when assessing main benefit rates, Accommodation Supplement and Temporary Additional Support for the child’s principal caregiver. See:

In-work tax credit

The in-work tax credit is paid by Inland Revenue to low-income working families with dependent children.

Inland Revenue will keep paying the In-work tax credit for up to 2 weeks after people have stopped working, either temporarily or when a job has ended. However, payments don't continue for people getting an income-tested benefit or Student Allowance in those 2 weeks.

The In-work tax credit is chargeable income for Temporary Additional Support. See:

Minimum wage

The adult minimum wage, the starting-out wage, and the training minimum wage increased on 1 April 2021. See:

Temporary Accommodation Assistance

Temporary Accommodation Assistance (TAA) has been removed from Map. This assistance ended on 31 December 2020.

Legislation

The following ministerial direction has been updated, effective from 1 April 2021:

This is also available in a hard-copy (PDF) format. See ministerial directions.

The following welfare programme has been added, effective from 1 April 2021:

This is also available in a hard-copy (PDF) format. See welfare programmes.

The following welfare programmes have been updated, effective from 1 April 2021:

These are also available in a hard-copy (PDF) format. See welfare programmes.

The following welfare programme has been removed, effective from 31 December 2020:

  • Temporary Accommodation Assistance (Canterbury Earthquake) Programme

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15 March 2021

COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme

Additional information has been added clarifying how people may receive as an instruction to self-isolate, and eligibility for the COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme. See:

A dependent child is a child who is:

  • primarily the responsibility of the person
  • maintained as a member of that family
  • financially dependent on that person
  • not receiving payments under the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989 and
  • not a child for whom a Young Parent Payment is being paid (except in relation to that child's parent or step-parent)
    - that is, a young person receiving a Young Parent Payment nd their child cannot also be included in ...

A dependent child is a child who is:

  • primarily the responsibility of the person
  • maintained as a member of that family
  • financially dependent on that person
  • not receiving payments under the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989 and
  • not a child for whom a Young Parent Payment is being paid (except in relation to that child's parent or step-parent). That is, a young person receiving a Young Parent Payment and their child cannot also be included in another ...