New figures showing just five Ministers have met the Government’s own reduced targets for appointing women to state sector boards is evidence National is failing Kiwi women, Labour’s Women’s Affairs spokesperson Sue Moroney says.
“The Ministry for Women’s 2015 Gender Stocktake makes for grim reading. Ministers Murray McCully, Simon Bridges and Gerry Brownlee have appointed on average less than three in 10 women to their boards last year.
Increasing numbers of single parents are being penalised under a regime that is overly focussed on sanctions rather than getting more people into work, Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni says.
“Figures, obtained through Parliamentary questions show 3000 more sanctions, affecting parents of children, were issued in 2014/15 than in the previous year. Sole parents fared the worst
Six months’ paid parental leave is back on the agenda and a step closer to reality for Kiwi parents after Labour’s new Member’s Bill was pulled from today’s ballot, the Bill’s sponsor and Labour MP Sue Moroney says.
“My Bill will make life easier for the 26,000 new parents who are eligible for paid parental leave each year.
New requirements for sole parents to undertake a reapplication process after a year is likely to mean a large number will face benefit cancellations, but not because they have obtained work, Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni says.
“Increasing numbers of job seekers going through this process are having their benefits cancelled because of the complexity of the paperwork, not because they found jobs.
Claims by Anne Tolley that she had no idea how many Kiwi kids would be lifted out of poverty by the Government’s budget package have been contradicted by documents showing she was told numbers would be minimal, Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Arden says.
“This was National’s flagship budget announcement. Both John Key and Ms Tolley were at pains to point out that while they were unsure exactly what effect it would have on poverty, it would help many of the 60,000 to 100,000 children worst hit by hardship.
National’s decision to ignore the concerns of charities will see the voluntary sector face hundreds of thousands of dollars in new costs if the Policing (Cost Recovery) Amendment Bill passes, says Labour's Community and Voluntary Sector spokesperson Poto Williams.
“National’s proposal to start charging charities and voluntary organisations for police background checks on staff and volunteers is deeply unpopular with the sector.
The Government needs to explain the role that Child, Youth and Family plays in cases where there is evidence that family violence was flagged as a concern, Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Arden says.
“The fact that CYF is refusing to share how involved the agency was – or wasn’t –in the lives of the children involved in the tragic death of Arun Kumar raises suspicions that alerts regarding family violence referrals are being overlooked or worse, ignored.
The Ministry of Social Development is paying big salaries and forking out hundreds of thousands of dollars on management courses while at the same time looking to hand some services over to a multinational outsourcing company with an appalling track record, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni.
“Fifty three MSD staff are on annual salaries of over $200,000. That is more than double the number (25) who were receiving a similar amount five years ago.
The private case files of hundreds of Relationships Aotearoa clients are sitting in boxes in offices around the country as the wrangling over their transition to other agencies continues, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni.
"PwC as liquidator has permission to access the files, but there are technical issues around their removal – making a fiction of Social Development Minister Anne Tolley’s assurances no-one would be without support during the handover.