Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


CPAG Pushing The Wrong Solution

CPAG PUSHING THE WRONG SOLUTION
November 27, 2003

The Human Rights Commission today invited various government officials to 'mediate' with the Child Poverty Action Group, who have laid a complaint of illegal child discrimination against the government. "This complaint has been laid because children whose caregivers receive their income from a benefit are not entitled to the $15 a week Child Tax Credit which low-income working families qualify for, " Lindsay Mitchell, anti-DPB campaigner said.

"If anybody is being discriminated against it is working parents. If a caregiver relies on a benefit they already receive family support payments which range from $32 to $60 per child according to the child's age and the number of children in the family."

"Low income workers not receiving benefits, do not get these payments."

"So the message is, get a job and you'll be penalised. What the Child Poverty Action Group wants is for the penalty, or disincentive to work, to be increased."

"New Zealand research shows that the source of income makes a difference to child outcomes. A study published last year in the Social Policy Journal of New Zealand found; 'The results of this study suggest that poor children in families primarily reliant on government transfers are a particularly vulnerable group. Specifically the results indicate that these children are a multiply-disadvantaged group that could be expected to have a relatively high risk of a variety of negative outcomes.' "

"Adding the Child Tax Credit to a caregiver's benefit is essentially increasing the benefit rate. This will draw more families onto welfare. Making more children reliant on government transfers will produce more negative outcomes. It would be a mistake."

"Allowing parents who work to keep more of their earned income would be far better for children."

"I will be sending this advice to the Commissioner of the IRD, David Butler, the Secretary to the Treasury, John Whitehead, deputy secretary for social policy, Peter Mersi, and the CEO of the Ministry of Social Development, Peter Hughes, who have all been invited to the mediation process."

Lindsay Mitchell Petitioner for a Parliamentary review of the DPB

petition forms available from www.liberalvalues.org.nz

e-mail dandl.mitchell@clear.net.nz


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Also, Loan Interest: Productivity Commission On Tertiary Education

Key recommendations include better quality control; making it easier for students to transfer between courses; abolishing University Entrance; enabling tertiary institutions to own and control their assets; making it easier for new providers to enter the system; and facilitating more and faster innovation by tertiary education providers... More>>

ALSO:

Higher Payments: Wellington Regional Council Becomes A Living Wage Employer

Councillor Sue Kedgley said she was delighted that the Wellington Regional Council unanimously adopted her motion to become a Living Wage employer, making it the first regional council in New Zealand to do so. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Images:
Dame Patsy Reddy Sworn In As Governor-General

This morning Dame Patsy Reddy was sworn in as the New Zealand Realm’s 21st Governor-General. The ceremony began with a pōwhiri to welcome Dame Patsy and her husband Sir David Gascoigne to Parliament. More>>

ALSO:

Ruataniwha: DOC, Hawke's Bay Council Developer Take Supreme Court Appeal

The Department of Conservation and Hawke's Bay Regional Investment Company (HBRIC) are appealing to the Supreme Court over a conservation land swap which the Court of Appeal halted. More>>

ALSO:

With NZ's Marama Davidson: Women’s Flotilla Leaves Sicily – Heading For Gaza

Women representing 13 countries spanning five continents began their journey yesterday on Zaytouna-Oliva to the shores of Gaza, which has been under blockade since 2007. On board are a Nobel Peace Laureate, three parliamentarians, a decorated US diplomat, journalists, an Olympic athlete, and a physician. A list of the women with their background can be found here. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The Key Style Of Crisis Management

At Monday’s post Cabinet press conference Key was in his finest wide- eyed “Problem? What problem?” mode. No, there wasn’t really a problem that top MPI officials had been at odds with each other over the meaning of the fisheries policy and how that policy should be pursued... More>>

ALSO:

Mt Roskill: Greens Will Not Stand In Likely Post-Goff By-Election

“The Green Party’s priority is changing the Government in 2017, and as part of that we’ve decided that we won’t stand a candidate in the probable Mt Roskill by-election... This decision shows the Memorandum of Understanding between Labour and the Green Party is working." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news