A step change for children: Fix Working for Families

A step change for children: Fix Working for Families (April 2015)
Associate Professor Susan St John

This Policy Briefing focuses on family incomes policies, particularly the tax-funded support for low income children.  A foundation of agreed principles is needed for a strong, united voice to emerge and for the government to hear clearly what changes are required.  While this has been a stumbling block in the past, it should be easy for all to agree to the principle of equality of treatment. All New Zealand children count and are all equally deserving of our care and financial support when the parental income is inadequate to give their children the chance of a healthy and fulfilling life.