Child Poverty Action GroupFriday 20 July 2012, 4:32PM
Media release from Child Poverty Action Group
The Child Poverty Action Group is very pleased the Court of
Appeal has today granted leave to appeal against the decision of
the High Court in relation to its claim of discrimination against
the 230,000 children of beneficiaries. The claim relates to the In
Work Tax Credit which is part of Working for Families, a package
that has a key aim to alleviate child poverty.
Spokesperson Susan St John said, "Children whose parents are on
benefits are excluded from this child payment. The parent may have
illness, disability or caring responsibilities or be unemployed
because of the recession or earthquake. The In Work Tax Credit
provides significant weekly financial support to families with
children ($60 for the first 3 children plus $15 for each child
thereafter). This support has been denied to children living in all
beneficiary families and many are in serious hardship."
"New Zealand must wake up to the systemic causes of child poverty.
Agencies are reporting that the child poverty they are seeing is at
its worst for 30 years. It is time to hold the government to
account for its policies. It does not have to be like
"In Australia children don't miss out on child payments because of
the work status of their parents. They have a much a less severe
depth of child poverty as a result," said St John.
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