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Parents' Choice supports United Future's Policy

25 October 2008

Parents' Choice supports United Future's Families Policy

Parenting lobby group, Parents Choice'08, today announced that it would be drawing the attention of its supporters to United Future's policy of supporting Income Splitting for tax purposes.

Parents Choice Chairman, Roger Ellis, said "We have been in discussions with several political parties to see which ones were most supportive of parents at home".

"We recognise that there are aspects of most parties policies that will help parents raise their children as responsible and confident adults. However, United Future www.unitedfuture.org.nz has a comprehensive policy programme centred on parenting and raising children. For Parents Choice Income Splitting is a key enabler for parents who deserve recognition for the time they spend investing in the next generation" said Mr Ellis.

Today we are announcing that in our view United Future's support for parents makes it worthy of serious consideration by voters. We commend such policies as:

Income Splitting - to recognise the work done by at home parents

More support for children with disabilities through a Caregivers Allowance.

Income tax reductions - A simplified personal tax system (10% on income up to $12,000; 20% on income between $12,000 and $38,000; and 30% on income above $38,000.)

Character education programmes in schools and

One-stop shop family service centres for parents and children.

We hope that United Future will make the introduction of optional Income Splitting a bottom line in any post-election discussions.

We urge our supporters to consider which parties will best give recognition to parenting as a priority and to vote accordingly.



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