Reviews of circumstances and annual income

Each year we need to make sure you're getting everything you're entitled to and that we're paying you the right amount.

Information

Due to COVID-19, all reviews are currently on hold. Your payments will continue at the current rate. There's nothing else you need to do right now.

Review of circumstances

We need to get up-to-date information from you about your circumstances so we can check you're receiving the right payment.

You may be sent a Confirming your Circumstances form if you're receiving:

  • Supported Living Payment
  • Emergency Maintenance Allowance
  • Emergency Benefit
  • New Zealand Superannuation or Veteran's Pension.

Usually, a review of circumstances takes place six months after one of these payments begins. The review is then repeated every 52 weeks. Due to COVID-19, all reviews are currently on hold.

This is a complete review of your entitlements. We need to make sure you're still entitled to the payments you're receiving from us. This includes supplementary assistance and checks for any changes in your circumstances.

  • Review of annual income

    Each year we need to look at how much you've earned and compare this with the payments we made to you for the same period to make sure we've paid you the right amount.

    You may be sent a Review of Income letter if you're receiving:

    • Sole Parent Support
    • Supported Living Payment
    • Emergency Maintenance Allowance
    • Emergency Benefit (only if you aren't able to claim Sole Parent Support or Supported Living Payment in some circumstances)
    • Jobseeker Support (if you're a sole parent, or transferred to Jobseeker Support on 15 July 2013 and were receiving Domestic Purposes Benefit - Woman Alone or Widow's Benefit directly before this)
    • New Zealand Superannuation or Veteran's Pension at the non-qualified rate.

    Our review of annual income takes place 52 weeks from the date your payments begin and every 52 weeks after that. Due to COVID-19, all reviews are currently on hold.