Associate Social Development Minister Chester Borrows is urging students to apply for their 2014 Student Loan and Allowance by Monday 16 December.
“This year StudyLink has been very clear that the best way for students to make sure their financial support is sorted when they start studying is by applying by December 16,” says Mr Borrows.
“This will allow enough time for all the steps in the application process to be completed before the start of their 2014 study. If they don't apply on time or provide all the information needed they run the risk of not getting their payments on time.”
Greater certainty around court scheduling will give parties more clarity as to their court dates and improve the way we use our court and judicial resources, says Courts Minister Chester Borrows.
“A court case can’t proceed without everyone present – lawyers, defendants, witnesses and a judge – and too often this results in delays in cases getting to court and courtrooms sitting idle,” says Mr Borrows.
“It takes too long to get a case through our criminal courts, and any unnecessary delay should not go unchecked.”
“A week is a long time in politics”, so I guess readers are thinking 2014 will pass like a millennium as it is election year, which means candidates banging on until the votes are cast. As always there’ll be those hoping for change and those hoping for more of the same.
Elections tend to be won and lost on four main issues; Economy; Education; Health; and Law and Order, and then the odd unique issues that arise from time to time such as earthquake remediation and then the quirky influences like personalities, alliances, cups of tea and such.
More than 5300 illegitimate benefits have now been stopped by enhanced information sharing between Inland Revenue and the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) says Associate Social Development Minister Chester Borrows.
These benefits were costing the taxpayer at least $56 million per year.
“While the vast majority of beneficiaries do the right thing and let us know about their circumstances it is disappointing to see that some people continue to break the law and take money they’re not entitled to,” says Mr Borrows.
Whanganui MP Chester Borrows today offered his thanks to outgoing Whanganui District Health Board Chair Kate Joblin.
“Kate has made an invaluable contribution to the Whanganui District Health Board, and we all owe her a debt of gratitude for her hard work,” says Mr Borrows.
“She took on the Chair during particularly difficult times for the WDHB, when it was often in the media for all the wrong reasons. Over her term she has turned that around, and leaves the WDHB as one of the country’s best performing health boards.