The Children’s Commissioner today admitted the current monitoring and inspection of Child, Youth and Family residences is insufficient and could be putting children at risk, Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.
“Dr Russell Wills today told a select committee that ongoing financial constraints last year meant annual inspections had dropped back to every 18 months – and admitted that was not often enough.
The death of Linda Grennell, a former President of the Māori Women’s Welfare League, marks the end of a lifetime of leadership and service to New Zealand, and Labour sends sympathy to her family at this very sad time, Labour Women’s Issues spokesperson, Ruth Dyson says.
“Linda, of Te Runanga o Koukourarata, served as President of the Māori Women’s Welfare League from 2005 – 2008 and was appointed a member of the Whanau Ora Taskforce.
Anne Tolley’s description of the Government’s unemployment target as ‘aspirational’ is not only confirmation that National is failing to get people into work, but astonishing in its naivety, Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni.
“Ms Tolley has basically admitted National has given up on getting people into work.
The Government's decision to cap the funding to regional councils for free bus trips for over 65 year olds is a nasty Christmas present from John Key, Labour’s Senior Citizens spokesperson Ruth Dyson says.
“It will mean that the current free off-peak time bus travel for Super Gold card holders will be cut.
The Government needs to act on, not just consider, a recommendation from the Law Commission to establish a separate court for victims of sexual violence, Labour’s Associate Justice (Sexual and Domestic Violence) spokesperson Poto Williams says.
“The Commission’s report, The Justice response to victims of Sexual Violence: Criminal trials and alterative processes, is both a brave and exciting piece of work.
A review into how Child Youth and Family handled the ‘roastbusters’ case highlights how the victims were overlooked while agencies debated whose role it was to intervene and on what basis, Labour’s Justice and Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.
“There has obviously been a major breakdown in communication between CYFS and the police. Even if the police felt they couldn’t bring any prosecutions there was definitely scope for CYFS to intervene, and they didn’t.