Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Building stronger families

Budget 2002 provides $23 million in new spending for children and families, says Social Services and Employment Minister Steve Maharey.

Extra support is provided for foster parents, students with children, family violence treatment programmes and additional social workers in schools. Steve Maharey said it is important that children get the best possible start in safe and secure families.

“Ensuring young people grow up in a supportive family environment is the best investment we can make in their future. Budget 2002 provides additional resources for services to help children experiencing difficulties and supports parents to build a better future for themselves and their families [all figures over four years unless specified].

Support for student parents

“A $7 million package supports student parents by:

- Removing for student parents with dependent children or spouses the one-week gap in payment between student allowances and benefits to prevent them experiencing hardship;

- increasing by 50 per cent the student accommodation benefit paid to sole parent students with children. The dollar value of the benefit will rise in most regions and the maximum rate increases from $40 to $60 per week.

Social Workers in Schools

“Extra funding worth $4 million is provided for the social workers in schools programme. Six additional social workers will be employed and exisiting social worker positions will receive a boost in resources to address the issues identified in evaluation of the pilot programmes.

Support for foster parents

“A $3.49 million package of initiatives provides better support for foster parents and young people exiting care by:

- removing the current anomaly in eligibility to the Care Supplement (an enhanced form of the Unsupported Childs/Orphan Benefit) so that all foster parents of children discharged from the care of state and non-government organisations receive the same rate;

- providing funding to assist the New Zealand Family and Foster Care Federation, Grandparents Raising Grandchildren and the Child and Family Support Service Association in their work to assist families;

- establishing a new payment to encourage foster parents to recruit others; and,

- trialing transition services for young people exiting care during 2002-03.

Family violence prevention

“A further $8.696 million is also being invested to enable the three community based sex offender treatment programmes to meet increasing demand for their services, boost the number of self-referral places available in family violence prevention programmes and improve the effectiveness of Child, Youth and Family’s youth justice services,” Steve Maharey said.

Ends


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Overseas Investment Rules: New National Interest Test

Associate Finance Minister David Parker said under current Overseas Investment Act rules, assets such as ports and airports, telecommunications infrastructure, electricity and other critical infrastructure are not assessed through a national interest lens.

“We are introducing a number of new powers, consistent with global best practice, to protect New Zealanders’ best interests in such important – often monopoly – assets,” David Parker said.

Responding to concerns about overseas investment in water bottling, the Government will also require consideration of the impact on water quality and sustainability of a water bottling enterprise, when assessing an investment in sensitive land. More>>

 

Matter Of Trust: Peters Says NZ First Loans Legal

"Allegations raised this morning by Stuff Limited / Fairfax concern a party matter but I am confident that New Zealand First has operated within electoral laws, now and for the last 27 years." More>>

ALSO:

PGF CONFLICT OF INTEREST:

Gordon Campbell: On Labour’s Age Problem, And The Port Hills

Labour has been steadily improving its gender balance to the point where there are now 21 women in its caucus out of 46 MPs in all... Yet Labour has been just as steadily losing the generational battle to the Greens. More>>

ALSO:

Child Deaths Revealed: NZDF Deal To Clear Afghan Firing Ranges

The Defence Force has agreed a deal to clear unexploded ordnance in Afghanistan after revelations seven children were killed by unexploded devices left there. More>>

ALSO:

Charles & Camilla: Visit Takes Royals From Waitangi To Christchurch

Domestic violence services, conservation and education are all on the list for the royal tour. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall will spend a week travelling the country from Waitangi to Christchurch. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Farming Sector’s Persecution Complex

The narrative that our farmers are ‘doing it tough’ plays into a number of wellworn stereotypes ... More>>

ALSO:

corrections, prisonCorrections: Independent Review Of Prisoner Mail Management

The independent review into the prisoner mail system has today been released, with Corrections accepting all 13 recommendations and making a number of changes to strengthen the management of prisoner mail. More>>

ALSO:

IPCA: Unlawful Detention Of Teenager; Influence Of Investigation

The Independent Police Conduct Authority has found that former Inspector Hurimoana Dennis unlawfully detained an Auckland teenager in 2015, and improperly influenced the outcome of a criminal investigation into his own son in 2014. More>>

ALSO:

SOP For Gun Bill: New Measures For Modified Pistols

The new controls will • Prohibit short-barrelled semi-automatic rifles which currently are defined as pistols because they are shorter than 762 millimetres. • Introduce tighter controls over pistol carbine conversion kits… • Prohibit firearms which contain a part known as a centrefire lower receiver… More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels