Struggling Families Left to Fend For Themselves
Asenati Lole-Taylor MP
14 January 2014
Families Left to Fend For Themselves
feeling the brunt of welfare reforms as parents struggle to
provide for their children at the beginning of the school
year says New Zealand First spokesperson for social policy
For a basic summer school uniform
without shoes, parents must front up at least $600 before
looking into stationery and school fees – meaning a parent
must find at least $1200 per child entering high school this
“Parents want to provide their children with the
best possible start to the year, but they are struggling
with the financial hangover from Christmas, the rising cost
of living, and a lack of job prospects.
Government are not interested though and have turned a blind
eye to those asking for help.
“We are not just talking
about those families that are on a benefit who are able to
access extra help for school supplies, but those families
that are surviving on a minimum income.
will be struggling more than ever as they recover from the
double whammy of Christmas and the school year within a few
weeks of each other,” says Mrs
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