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

 


Budget Will Drive More Family Breakdown

Budget Will Drive More Family Breakdown

June 11, 2004

The Cullen Budget will provide even further incentive for mothers to walk away from the fathers of their children, according to Lindsay Mitchell, petitioner for a Parliamentary review of the DPB.

"Examples tailored by the Ministry of Social development have revealed just how discriminatory the 'Working for Families' package is."

"The first example describes a single female with one pre-schooler. She currently works 30 hours a week at $11 an hour. Additional income comes from the DPB, accommodation supplement, family support and childcare subsidy. Her total income is $579 per week in the hand."

"The second example is a single male currently working 40 hours at $10 an hour. He receives an accommodation supplement which brings his weekly income to $340 in the hand. Both examples were based on area 3 rate of accommodation supplement."

"When the full 'Working For Families' package kicks in at 2007, with no change to their hours worked or hourly payrate, he will be getting $360 to her $703."

"Had these examples represented an actual separated couple the male would have been even further disadvantaged by having child support deducted by IRD. It is shocking that a mother working part-time could be on an income almost double that of her estranged partner who works full-time."

"It has long been my contention that social policy is not helping families. It is driving them apart. This Budget has just upped the incentive for disaffected mothers to walk away from the fathers of their children."

ENDS

© 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