Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Parents Asking Winz To Meet School Costs

Tuesday, 30 November 2004

Ogilvy: Huge rise in parents asking Winz to meet school costs

Free education is a myth, United Future's Bernie Ogilvy said today in revealing that families are increasingly turning to Winz to pay schooling costs, with such grants and loans up from $2.9 million to $4.6 million in the past five years.

"That's a 58 percent increase since Labour took office," Mr Ogilvy said, citing Social Development Ministry figures obtained under parliamentary questioning.

"You really have to ask whether this Government has any idea just how much pressure some families are under financially to do something as basic as educating their children," he said.

The actual number of grants and loans is up 42 percent, from 22,288 to 31,556 in the same five-year period to October this year.

Although the bulk of money goes towards school uniforms and stationery costs, Mr Ogilvy said he was particularly concerned at the growing number of claims for assistance with school fees.

"Education Minister Trevor Mallard has claimed that voluntary school fees are not essential to the running of schools and are there to pay for extras.

"Yet money granted or loaned by Winz for these 'donations' has more than doubled, from $54,474 in 1999 to $118,136 this year," he said.

"These figures simply confirm what parents have been telling the Government for some time - free education is a myth. Not only that, but families are actually getting into debt with Winz to pay for their kids' schooling."

Mr Ogilvy said the issue would put pressure on families again immediately after Christmas.

"The new school year will bring yet another round of bills for school uniforms, stationery and fees. And the Government will keep pretending we have free education in New Zealand."

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Werewolf: What Does Winston Peters Want His Legacy To Be?

A lot of people in New Zealand seem to resent Winston Peters and the power that he appears to have. “Appears” being the operative word. In reality, Peters will have power only up to the point that he uses it.

By next week, he’ll have become just another junior player in an MMP governing arrangement, battling to hold onto the gains he was promised. More>>

 

Rising Toll: Road Safety Needs To Be A Higher Priority

Official advice released to the Green Party under the Official Information Act shows that the previous National Government dismissed an option to make road safety its most important transport priority after being told the road toll was rising. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Arrests At Blockade Of "Weapons Expo"

“We encourage people in Wellington to get down to the Westpac Stadium now for a day of awesome peace action. There will be plenty of food, music and activities to keep us sustained through the day.” More>>

ALSO:

Rorschach Restructuring: PSA Taking Inland Revenue To Court Over Psychometrics

The Public Service Association will be seeing Inland Revenue in Employment Court over its intention to psychometrically test employees reapplying for their roles at the department as part of its controversial Business Transformation restructuring plan. More>>

ALSO:

Nuclear Disarmament: Nobel Peace Prize 2017 Awarded To ICAN

Congratulations from iCAN Aotearoa New Zealand to international iCAN, the other iCAN national campaigns and partner organisations, and the countless organisations and individuals who have worked so hard for a nuclear weapons-free world since 1945. More>>

ALSO:

Expenses: Waikato DHB CEO Resigns

An independent inquiry has identified that Dr Murray had spent more than the agreed $25K allocated for relocation costs, and other unauthorized expenses involving potential financial breaches of the chief executive’s obligations. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: Sad About The Trolley Buses?

The Regional Council’s MetLink is today spending money to tell us that it really loves Wellington’s trolley buses, even though they’re all being taken off our roads by the end of this month. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Election: Preliminary Coalition Talks Begin

New Zealand First will hold post-election preliminary discussions in Wellington with the National Party tomorrow morning and the Labour Party tomorrow afternoon. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election