An Amnesty International report has once again criticised New Zealand’s track record on looking after our kids, Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.
The annual report, which looks at global human rights abuses highlights not only the fact that high numbers of New Zealand children continue to live in poverty but also raises concerns around the legal status of 17 year olds.
Labour is calling for the Government to provide evidence-based research to show that moving people off benefits into low-skilled low-paid jobs isn’t creating an underclass of working poor.
“The Salvation Army’s latest State of the Nation report points out that while Working for Families means working parents are better off than those on benefits, growing numbers are moving into poorly paid or casual work which doesn’t in itself reduce hardship, Labour’s Social Development Spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni says.
A new Salvation Army report provides compelling evidence of the Government’s lack of progress in tackling New Zealand’s appalling rates of violence against children, Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.
“The eighth ‘State of the Nation’ report once again highlights the absence of leadership on vital social issues that have a significant impact on New Zealand children.
Labour believes the Government is putting the most vulnerable members of our society at risk by not acting on the advice of officials to urgently make the registration of social workers mandatory, says Labour’s spokesperson for Social Development, Carmel Sepuloni.
“The Government has had multiple opportunities to act on this matter, but has chosen to ignore officials. It has also rejected the advice of the sector to make registration mandatory which was a key recommendation in the White Paper on Vulnerable Children.
Women on low pay in New Zealand have been given an early Christmas present with yesterday’s decision by the Supreme Court not to intervene in a decision of the Court of Appeal, says Labour's Spokesperson for Women's Affairs, Sue Moroney.
“The earlier decision requires a process to be found with the help of the Employment Court to set a fair rate for carers working in rest homes.
Laws which see young people under the care of CYFS abandoned once they turn 17 will mean at least a dozen young Kiwis will be left to fend for themselves over the December festive season, Labour’s Children’s spokesperson Jacinda Ardern says.
“Under current laws a 17-year-old is regarded as no longer being a child and no longer in need of care and protection.
A new Child Poverty Action Group report released today highlights another example of how our outmoded social welfare system is harming kids, says Labour’s Social Development Spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni.
“The complexities of how a ‘relationship’ is defined in the welfare system and the consequences for children shows how inequities are being created between kids depending on the definition of the relationship their parents are in.
A Labour Government will ensure every young Kiwi under the age of 20 is given the opportunity to be in work, education or training, and plans to develop a conservation apprenticeship scheme to help do that, Labour’s Youth Affairs spokesperson Louisa Wall says.
“The global financial crisis hit young people particularly hard. In some regions as many as 22.5 per cent of young New Zealanders between 15 and 24 either don’t have jobs or are not learning. That is such a waste of talent and it has long-term consequences.
A Labour Government will establish long-term funding and streamline contract accountability for community and voluntary groups, says Labour’s spokesperson for the sector Louisa Wall.
Announcing Labour’s policy for the community and voluntary sector, she said this would give much greater certainty around organisations planning and delivering their programmes and reduce compliance costs.