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Benefits Review Committee

The Benefits Review Committee can review decisions made by the Ministry of Social Development, including Work and Income. A Review of Decision goes through an internal review before being seen by the Benefits Review Committee.

The committee has two representatives from the Ministry of Social Development and a community representative, and acts independently from the Ministry of Social Development.

The review checks that the decision was fair and made within relevant law and policy. You can apply for a Review of Decision within 3 months of a decision being made.

The Benefits Review Committee can review decisions about:

  • entitlements to benefits, New Zealand Superannuation, supplementary assistance and social housing
  • obligations to pay maintenance or superannuation, and
  • recovery of social welfare debts.

They are part of the Ministry of Social Development.

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