INDEPENDENT NEWS

Government extends opportunities for beneficiaries

Published: Mon 20 Dec 1999 05:51 PM
Minister of Social Services and Employment
Associate Minister of Education
(Tertiary Education)
20 December 1999
Government extends opportunities for beneficiaries
The Government is to make it easier for eligible beneficiaries to begin tertiary studies from 1 January 2000, with full restoration of the Training Incentive Allowance (TIA).
Social Services and Employment Minister, Steve Maharey, said the changes were designed to give greater opportunities to those currently out of the workforce to improve their employment prospects.
“Today’s announcements will mean that beneficiaries who are entitled to receive the TIA will have their fees and course costs paid for them. In addition, from 1 April 2000 the TIA rate structure will become subject to an annual inflation adjustment. These initiatives will cost $9.2m in 1999/2000 and $13.4m in 2000/2001.
“The TIA was established in 1983 to encourage beneficiaries to develop work skills and self confidence that would better equip them for employment. The previous National government cut the programme back to the point where we could no longer be confident that it was meeting its goals.
“The new Labour Government promised during the campaign to be the party making constant improvements to the lives of ordinary New Zealanders. Today’s announcements reflect our immediate priorities and signal our longer term plans to assist beneficiaries to participate fully in society”, Steve Maharey said.
ENDS

Next in New Zealand politics

Gordon Campbell on the Commerce Commission fuel report
By: Gordon Campbell
Bill to allow licensed premises to stay open for RWC matches
By: New Zealand Government
KiwiBuild programme losing another top boss
By: RNZ
Helping our cities grow up and out
By: New Zealand Government
Ngāpuhi elder 'shocked' by conditions at Ngawha Prison
By: RNZ
Independent election policy costing unit a step closer
By: New Zealand Government
Primary and intermediate principals vote to accept new offer
By: NZEI
Breach of 'journalistic privilege' during unlawful search
By: Independent Police Conduct Authority
BSA releases decisions on coverage of mosque attacks
By: Broadcasting Standards Authority
UPDATE: Lack of fuel competition may be costing $400m
By: BusinessDesk
Breaking wholesale stranglehold on petrol supply
By: BusinessDesk
Commission releases draft report on retail fuel market
By: Commerce Commission
CommComm report will lead to more regulation, but same price
By: ACT New Zealand
MTA pumped with fuel market study findings
By: Motor Trade Association
Oil reserves budget blow out reason for quiet levy increase
By: NZ Energy and Environment Business Week
View as: DESKTOP | MOBILEWe're in BETA! Send Feedback © Scoop Media