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

 

ANZASW statement on the new Carers’ Strategy Action Plan

ANZASW statement on the new Carers’ Strategy Action Plan

The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) welcomes the development of a new Carers’ Strategy Action Plan, announced by the government this week. Although the details of the Plan are yet to finalised, it raises our hopes that carers will be provided with greater support in line with their responsibilities and needs.

It is estimated that there are more than 400,000 carers in New Zealand, a majority of which are women. They often leave work to selflessly to provide care for a loved one or friend who is elderly, unwell, injured, in crisis or disabled, taking a cut to their income and leisure time in the process; in many cases leaving them unable to receive KiwiSaver contributions, save for retirement, study, pay deposits on housing and much more besides. Long-term carers often sacrifice their careers to enhance the well-being of those they care for.

At the present time, the support provided to carers by the state in many cases fails to fully meet the drop in household income caused by individuals taking up a caring role. ANZASW supports moves that would see carers more adequately compensated for their work so that they are able to live satisfied lives while providing assistance to loved ones.

We also hope that access to respite will be expanded and incorporated into the planned transition from the Carer Support Allowance into the new “I Choose” initiative.

Social workers support carers and their beneficiaries through a variety of means and strategies, emphasising the importance of enhancing self-determination, dignity and fulfilment. Social work practitioners often see first-hand the poor outcomes and strain imposed on family / whanau and communities that struggle to make ends meet while supporting a loved one that requires intensive assistance.

As the Strategy Action Plan develops, the Association looks forward to a wide-ranging consultation process that engages closely with experts, carers, those who receive care, Peak Bodies and service providers.

We encourage carers to participate in the online survey which is open until the 31st October, in order to share their concerns and insights with the government as they develop the new Action Plan.

The survey can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GQVN8ZJ

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On Tourism’s Endless Sense Of Grievance

Sad that a once in a century pandemic should have come along before the government had a clearly thought out plan for rescuing all the firms and saving all the jobs in the tourism sector. Sad that the government now looks like it was making up the criteria for support as it went along. But guess what? To some extent, they were. Possibly because in the modern era, a pandemic had never before caused international travel to evaporate almost overnight... More>>

 

PREFU: Economy Doing Better Than Forecast

The Pre-election Economic and Fiscal Update released today shows that the near-term economic recovery has been stronger than the Treasury and many economists predicted at the May Budget, as the economy bounced back strongly out of lockdown... More>>

ALSO:


PM Statement: Cabinet COVID-19 Alert Level Review

Takiri mai te ata, ka ao, ka ao, ka awatea, tihei mauriora! Tātou katoa ngā iwi o Aotearoa, tēnā koutou! Tēnā tātou e whakanuia ana i te wiki nei, te wiki o te reo Māori Greeting to you all from Otepoti, Dunedin. This week is the Māori ... More>>

ALSO:

Greens: $297m Fund To Support Sustainable Food And Farming

The Green Party has released its Farming for the Future Plan, including a $297m fund to support farmers and growers to transition to climate-friendly practices. The plan will: · Improve how we look after our land and water, with a levy on the ... More>>

ALSO:

National: Plan To Restore NZ’s Prosperity

National’s Economic and Fiscal Plan carefully balances the need to invest in infrastructure and core public services while also reducing tax pressure on Kiwi families and businesses. National Leader Judith Collins and Finance spokesperson Paul Goldsmith unveiled National’s ... More>>

ALSO:

NZ First: Party List

New Zealand First has a proven twenty-seven-year history of bringing balance and common sense to our government. Amid the continued setbacks of COVID-19 restrictions, New Zealand First has once again sustained its profile by selecting a strong team ... More>>

Election: Arriving Travellers In Isolation To Be Able To Vote By Telephone

Up to 5,000 people in managed isolation or quarantine will be able to vote by telephone in the general election and referendums after an amendment to electoral regulations last week. Chief Electoral Officer Alicia Wright says the Electoral Commission sought ... More>>

National: Investing In Our Children’s Future

A National Government will prioritise lifting achievement for all New Zealand children, no matter their background or ability, National Party Leader Judith Collins and National’s Education spokesperson Nicola Willis say. “Parents just want what’s best for ... More>>

Police: Numerous Arrests Following Investigation Into Historical Offending At Auckland School

Detective Senior Sergeant Geoff Baber, Auckland City Police: Police have made six arrests as part of an operation investigating historical offending at Dilworth School. Auckland City Criminal Investigation Branch have been investigating since a complaint ... More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 


 

InfoPages News Channels