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


Super Entitlement Changes Welcomed

Super Entitlement Changes Welcomed

The National Council of Women of New Zealand (NCWNZ) welcomes the Government's policy change, effective from 1 July that will see a superannuitant, whose partner is in long-term residential care, qualify for the higher single, living alone rate of payment instead of half the married rate.

"Making ends meet during retirement can be a struggle. This, coupled with the stress of a loved one going into care, can impact greatly on the psychological wellbeing of the person left at home," said Christine Low, NCWNZ National President. "NCWNZ is fully supportive of the Government's actions to support the people in this situation; a number that is undoubtedly set to increase in the future."

NCWNZ established policy specifically on this issue at its National Executive meeting in Nelson in October 2005. Policy supporting single entitlement was established earlier in 1991. The policy passed by the Council in 2005 was:

“That NCWNZ supports the principle that any national superannuitant with a partner in residential care will be eligible for national superannuation at the single person rate.”

In its submission to the Social Services Select Committee on the New Zealand Superannuation and Retirement Income Amendment Bill, NCWNZ responded favourably to the Bill’s recognition of the impact on people’s social well-being.

"We see the enactment of this Bill as complementary to the ‘Ageing-in-Place’ strategy. By allowing a single-rate ‘super’ payment for the spouse at home there is the potential to reduce the stress caused by the fear of not being able to maintain living standards," concluded Christine Low.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines


Breed Laws Don’t Work: Vets On New National Dog Control Plan

It is pleasing therefore to see Louise Upston Associate Minister for Local Government calling for a comprehensive solution... However, relying on breed specific laws to manage dog aggression will not work. More>>


Not Waiting On Select Committee: Green Party Releases Medically-Assisted Dying Policy

“Adults with a terminal illness should have the right to choose a medically assisted death,” Green Party health spokesperson Kevin Hague said. “The Green Party does not support extending assisted dying to people who aren't terminally ill because we can’t be confident that this won't further marginalise the lives of people with disabilities." More>>


General Election Review: Changes To Electoral Act Introduced

More effective systems in polling places and earlier counting of advanced votes are on their way through proposed changes to our electoral laws, Justice Minister Amy Adams says. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Our Posturing At The UN

In New York, Key basically took an old May 2 Washington Post article written by Barack Obama, recycled it back to the Americans, and still scored headlines here at home… We’ve had a double serving of this kind of comfort food. More>>


Treaty Settlements: Bills Delayed As NZ First Pulls Support

Ngāruahine, Te Atiawa and Taranaki are reeling today as they learnt that the third and final readings of each Iwi’s Historical Treaty Settlement Bills scheduled for this Friday, have been put in jeopardy by the actions of NZ First. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Damage De-Regulation Is Doing To Fisheries And Education, Plus Kate Tempest

Our faith in the benign workings of the market – and of the light-handed regulation that goes with it – has had a body count. Back in 1992, the free market friendly Health Safety and Employment Act gutted the labour inspectorate and turned forestry, mining and other workplace sites into death traps, long before the Pike River disaster. More>>

Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news