Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search

 


Don’t create more social costs by reducing WFF

3 March 2011

Don’t create more social costs by reducing Working for Families

The Government has said it may cut spending programmes such as Working for Families (WFF) to help pay for the Christchurch earthquake.

But CPAG says that pressures on already struggling families will intensify.

Spokesperson Susan St John says that more, not less, spending on WFF is called for. There are other far better ways to raise money, such as increased taxes on incomes over $70,000. Such taxes will also impact on higher income families who qualify for some WFF and thus spread the cost to families that can bear it without attacking WFF.

CPAG urges the government to recognise that:

1. The biggest problem with WFF is that the low income families that lose their jobs in Christchurch stand also to lose $60 or more a week in WFF tax credits for their children
2. The ReStart package that allowed families to keep the $60 of in work tax credit applied only to those made redundant and was phased out at the beginning of 2011.
3. The earthquake in Christchurch has affected not only families who have lost full-time work, it has also affected those on benefits who will also experience extra pressures and often loss of part-time supplementary income.
4. The rules around the In Work Tax Credit (IWTC) are archaic and inappropriate, requiring fixed minimum hours of work and no benefit income.
5. The administration of the IWTC is far too complex and absorbs more staff time at the IRD that could be more usefully deployed.

CPAG says the reasons for loss of income in Christchurch will be varied. The consequences will include increased child poverty and a legacy of higher social costs. As an urgent and permanent social policy, the IWTC should immediately be added to the first child’s Family Tax Credit and made available to all low income families, whatever their income source.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Breaking: Prime Minister John Key Announces Resignation

Prime Minister John Key has announced that he’s resigning as Prime Minister in seven days’ time. He made the unexpected announcement at a 12.45 press conference at Parliament, called with less than an hour’s notice.

“It has been an enormous privilege to be Prime Minister of New Zealand, and these last eight years have been an incredible experience. Throughout these years I have given everything I could to this job that I cherish, and this country that I love.

“Bronagh has made a significant sacrifice during my time in politics, and now is the right time for me to take a step back in my career and spend more time at home.“ More>>

 

Q+A: Labour's Michael Wood Wins Mt Roskill

Labour’s Michael Wood, who last night won a 6,000 vote majority in the Mt Roskill by-election, says the reason for the win was simple, clear messaging... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Anne Tolley’s Callous Folly

Last week’s conflict between Social Development Minister Anne Tolley and District Court judge Carolyn Henwood illustrated quite a few of the flaws in the system. More>>

ALSO:

Members’ Bills: Greens' Domestic Violence And Loans Bills Pulled From Ballot

Jan Logie’s Domestic Violence-Victims' Protection Bill introduces workplace protections for victims of domestic violence, including allowing victims to request paid domestic violence leave for up to 10 days... Gareth Hughes’ Bill allows Kiwis with student loans to defer their student loan repayments into a first home savings scheme. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA: Police Did Not 'Deliberately' Use Pepper Spray On 10-Year-Old

"When spraying the man, the officer did not properly consider the necessity of using pepper spray in a confined space, the likelihood that it would affect the other innocent passengers or the fact that he was using a more powerful spray." More>>

ALSO:

Donor Bill Passes: Full Income Compensation For Live Organ Donors

Unanimous cross-party support for the Compensation for Live Organ Donors Bill represents a critical step in reducing the burgeoning waiting list for kidney donations, according to Kidney Health New Zealand chief executive Max Reid. More>>

ALSO:

Earthquake Response: Emergency Legislation Prepared

Three new Bills have been drafted in the wake of the magnitude 7.8 earthquake on November 14 to ensure the government can enable affected communities to respond quickly and efficiently. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Regional
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news