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CPAG Human Rights legal case - update

CPAG Human Rights legal case - update

CPAG's legal case has been presented to the Human Rights Review Tribunal. The Crown are now presenting their case.

This week: tomorrow Wed and Thurs, key managers from the Ministry of Social Development involved in developing and evaluating Working for Families will defend their policy including under cross-examination.

The next most important time for us all will be the summing up, scheduled for July 14-18. Following that, the tribunal judges will go away and consider the evidence and arguments, and make their ruling.

Keep an eye on our website [http://www.cpag.org.nz/] www.cpag.org.nz for updates.

More about the case:

CPAG is being represented by the Office of Human Rights Proceedings, in a legal case before the Human Rights Review Tribunal at the AMP Chambers, 86 Customhouse Quay, Wellington, scheduled to sit from 10am every day for the next couple of weeks and open to the public. The group alleges the In-Work Tax Credit is discriminatory and damaging, because children whose parents cannot meet a work test are ineligible for the support needed to keep them out of poverty. Read a [http://www.cpag.org.nz/news/cpag-news/nr1212471371.pdf] summary of the case or background about the [http://www.cpag.org.nz/campaigns/Child_Tax_Credit_IWP.html] progress of the case.

[http://www.cpag.org.nz/news/cpag-news/nr1212471513.pdf] Legal case addresses hole in safety net for poorest children - CPAG media release

3 Jun 2008
The CPAG legal case alleges the In-Work Tax Credit discriminates against 220 000 children, on the basis of work status. This discrimination leaves around 150 000 of them in severe or significant hardship by denying their families at least $60 per week in support for children. [http://www.cpag.org.nz/news/cpag-news/nr1212471513.pdf] More ]]


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