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Govt removes another punitive child policy from welfare system to put children first

July 31, 2020 at 4:39 PM


The Government has taken further steps to put children first as part of its welfare overhaul, by starting work to remove the subsequent child policy from the Social Security Act 2018, Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni announced today.

The subsequent child policy was introduced in 2012, and places obligations on parents to look for, and return to work earlier if they have an additional child while receiving a main benefit.

“Removing the punitive policy builds on the Government’s work to make our welfare system fairer such as the removal of Section 192 – a harmful sanction that penalised sole parents and their children, a $25 increase in main benefits, increased abatement threshold and the indexation of benefits to wage increases for the first time in New Zealand’s history,” Carmel Sepuloni said.

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Category: Government