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Budget Response

Press Release - 23/05/08

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Trust NZ

The Budget announcement has corrected the long standing difference between the basic Foster Care payments and Kinship payments to Whanau where they step in to raise family members who can not be cared for by the parents, say Grandparents raising Grandchildren Trust NZ .

We are delighted that our collective voices have at long last been heard, said the Trusts National Convenor Diane Vivian. Disappointingly these wonderful people who care for NZ’s most vulnerable have to wait for 10 months before this happens.

Children in NZ are still better off in State care because of the add on extras via clothing allowances etc, this accounts to an extra $2356.16 per year for a 14 year old in Foster Care.

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