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


Turner: Grandparents still waiting in the dark

Media statement
For immediate release
Monday, 12 February 2007

Turner: Grandparents still waiting in the dark

United Future family issues spokesperson Judy Turner is pleased by the $10 week reduction in the gap between rates given to grandparents raising grandchildren and foster carers, but is calling for the Minister to finally express some timeframes for when grandparents can expect the same funding as foster carers.

“I am pleased that the funding gap is being closed by $10 – but this is still far short of giving grandparents the same rates as foster carers to support the children in their care.

“Labour promised back in 2005 to give grandparents the same support that they would get if they were fostering – but now in 2007 they are still waiting.

“In 2006, the carer payment gap actually increased between kin-carers and foster carers, so it’s pleasing that this gap will close a little after April 1.

“However, kin-carers are still ineligible to apply for grants for items such as school shoes, Christmas presents and other one-off purchases that foster carers are entitled to.

“I met last year with Ministry of Social Development officials and Mr Benson-Pope to try and speed up the process and resolve any barriers that may be stopping carer rates becoming aligned – but grandparents have been waiting in the dark for too long without being told what is happening.

“It is time the Minister told those waiting for their benefit to improve, exactly where proceedings are at and a date by which they will have the extra support they have been promised,” Mrs Turner says.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: Ten Reasons For Not Voting National

if anyone you know is thinking of voting National in Saturday’s election, there’s still time for an intervention. You owe it to your friends and relations to intercede.

Why? Because there’s plenty of evidence on National’s mediocre-to-awful track record over its nine years in power. We can’t afford another three years of drift. More>>


Charge Protests: Dairy Farms Use Same Amount Of Water As 60 Million People

Using Dairy NZ numbers, economist Peter Fraser and agricultural consultant Dr Alison Dewes calculate the water consumption of New Zealand dairy farms is equivalent to the residential use of 60 million people. More>>


Greenpeace: Labour, Greens Commit To Canterbury Democracy

Labour MP Megan Woods is promising to return Canterbury’s regional council, ECan, to a democratically elected council. It follows a mass day-long occupation of the ECan building by local water activists calling for the restoration of democracy and urgent action to save rivers. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On National’s Mickey Mouse Policies On Trade

Supposedly, trade is war by other means, and the rationale for it seems just as empty-headed. Once again, the free trade = good mantra was taken as a patriotic given in this morning’s RNZ interview with Trade Minister Todd McClay. More>>


Taxing Campaign: No Changes From Labour's Working Group In First Term

“We know it is important to get this right, so we will balance the need for certainty and urgency by ensuring that any potential changes will not come into effect until the 2021 tax year. This gives multiple opportunities for public input, and a general election before any new tax would come into effect." More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Politics Of Fear And Neglect

Is the country able to tackle the serious problems we face in health, housing, education and income inequality – or will it allow itself to be spooked by lies and diversions into settling for another three years of evasion and denial? More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election
  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog