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

 

Commissioner welcomes Budget support for families

Families Commissioner welcomes Budget support for families and vulnerable children

The Families Commissioner Belinda Milnes is welcoming new spending of $500 million in today’s Budget to support the well-being of young families and vulnerable children.

Belinda Milnes says, “These announcements are warmly welcomed, especially as they fall on the International Day of Families.

“Families and whānau are the heart of our communities and country. It’s critical that we invest in their well-being to enable them to be to be effective and carry out the key functions we rely on them to do.”

Commission research has identified that family well-being is made up of four components: physical health and safety, supportive family relationships, economic security and being connected to their community.

Ms Milnes says, “It’s pleasing to see this range of Budget initiatives today which will support family health and economic security.

“I welcome the extension of paid parental leave and increased eligibility. Investing in parental leave supports parents during this time and helps build a strong bond between parents and child, which has a long-term benefit for the family and community.

“The Commission supports the roll out of a further eight new Children’s Teams around the country. Through our research we know that the Teams are an effective way to help identify and work with vulnerable children and their families.”

“The extension of free doctors’ visits and prescriptions to those under 13, at any time of the day or night, means all children can get the care they need, when they need it.”

Other measures to support families include increased funding in early childhood education, increased tax credits, and financial support for counselling services in Canterbury.

"These measures recognise that investing in families now is critical to their future social, health, education and economic success,” says Ms Milnes.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Another Leader Exiting: Statement From Peter Dunne

I have concluded, based on recent polling, and other soundings I have been taking over the last few weeks, that, the volatility and uncertainty notwithstanding, there is now a mood amongst Ōhāriu voters for a change of MP, which is unlikely to alter...

“I have therefore decided that it is time for me to stand aside, so the people of Ōhāriu can elect a new electorate MP. More>>

 
 

Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Campaign Launch

One of the key motifs of Ardern’s speech was her repeated use of the phrase – “Now, what?” Cleverly, that looks like being Labour’s response to National’s ‘steady as it goes’ warning against not putting the economic ‘gains’ at risk. More>>

ALSO:

Shiny And Chrome: Nats' New $10.5bn Roads Of National Significance

National is committing to the next generation of Roads of National Significance, National Party Transport Spokesperson Simon Bridges says. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>

ALSO:

Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>

ALSO:

Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>

ALSO:

Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election