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

 


Children, not ideology, at the heart of policy

Children, not ideology, at the heart of policy


Child Poverty Action Group has welcomed the Green's policy on Working for Families announced yesterday and says it puts children's needs at the heart of policy.

CPAG economics spokesperson Associate Professor Susan St John said, "The Green's policy reflects the principle of equality for all low income children, including newborns, and puts children's needs first rather than paid work. All children in low income families would get the same access to tax-funded support. All newborns would also get extra income on the same basis. This is a monumental step forward. In conjunction with other policies, a real shift in our disgraceful statistics is possible."

The Green Party's policy to join up the In Work Tax Credit and the Family Tax Credit in a much needed simplification will deliver significant help where it is needed most, without going all the way up the income scale.

CPAG is urging other parties to put aside party politics and agree to clean up Working for Families in the simple, effective and fair way proposed by the Greens.

CPAG argued for ten years in the courts that the provision of the In Work Tax Credit in the Government's Working for Families package was discriminatory under New Zealand's Human Rights legislation. The ambiguously named In Work Tax Credit is part of the weekly payment to the caregiver to help with the needs of children but is conditional on the number of hours of paid work and being off benefit. The problem is families have this taken away if they lose work, as may happen due to a natural disaster or in a recession, or if they happen to be on a student allowance or they are unable to leave the benefit system for enough hours of paid work. CPAG has long argued that there are much better ways of rewarding paid work that do not damage children.

Susan St John said, "The Courts actually said that to exclude 230,000 of the poorest children from tax funded support constituted discrimination. The ruling of discrimination required that the high test of material harm was met. Unfortunately the courts did not then deliver justice for these children, many of whom have been left in serious poverty."

"In our current situation under a National-led government, families are kept really poor and denied the Parental Tax Credit and the In Work Tax Credit to create an incentive to get off the benefit system and into full time work. This flawed and judgemental approach fails to acknowledge the needs of children or the value of unpaid parenting. Australia's family tax credit system treats all low income children the same, with much better outcomes for children."


---ENDS---

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

2040 Target And Lower Standards: “Swimmable” Rivers Five Times More Likely To Make You Sick

Forest & Bird has condemned the government’s new water quality standards, warning New Zealanders that they lock in current levels of water pollution and allow for a 5-fold increase in the chance of getting sick from swimming in a river.

“Despite an explicit assurance from Minister Smith that the new water standards would provide for human and ecosystem health, he has failed to deliver on either of these things,” says Forest & Bird CEO Kevin Hague. More>>

ALSO:

 
 

Immigration: Clampdown On Rogue Employers Good First Step

The Human Trafficking Research Coalition is pleased at the new clampdown on rouge employers who exploit migrants announced by Minister Woodhouse this morning, and believes this is a step in the right direction. More>>

ALSO:

Mayor: 750 New Social And Affordable Homes For Wellington (Over A Decade)

The next stage of Wellington’s Housing Upgrade Programme will see at least 750 new units of social and affordable housing built over the next decade, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>

ALSO:

22/2: Christchurch Quake Memorial Unveiled

A city, a region, a nation and an international community impacted by the Canterbury Earthquakes will come together to mark the sixth anniversary of the deadly quake and dedicate Oi Manawa Canterbury Earthquake National Memorial. More>>

ALSO:


November Quakes:

Gordon Campbell: On The Mana-Maori Party Deal

If the self-interest involved wasn’t so blatant, the electorate deal between the Maori Party and Hone Harawira would be kind of poignant. It’s a bit like seeing the remaining members of Guns’n’Roses or the Eagles back on the road touring the nostalgia circuit… playing all the old hits of Maori unity and kaupapa Maori politics. More>>

ALSO:

Private Provision: First Social Bond To Focus On Mental Health

New Zealand’s first social bond will help around 1700 people with mental illness into work, Finance Minister Steven Joyce and Social Investment Minister Amy Adams say. More>>

ALSO:

Immigration: Short Reprieve For Nine Indian Students

A temporary hold on deportations of nine Indian students is a step in the right direction but the Government urgently needs to implement safeguards to stop further injustices to more international students, the Green Party says. More>>

EARLIER:


Megaupload Case: High Court Rules Dotcom, Co-Accused Eligible For Extradion

Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom and his three co-accused are eligible for extradition to the United States, New Zealand's High Court ruled... Justice Murray Gilbert upheld a decision by the District Court that there were grounds for Dotcom, Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato to be extradited. More>>

ALSO:

PREVIOUSLY:

Port Hills Fire: Midday Update, Monday 20 February

• 9 homes destroyed
• 2 homes with partial damage. Damage includes things like cracked windows, heat damage.
• 3 properties with damage to other external structures e.g sheds or outbuildings More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news