GUEST BLOG: Bryan Bruce – Children don’t get to vote – but you do


Which party’s policies would best address child poverty issues?

Below is Child Poverty Action Group’s quick assessment guide.

Children don’t get to vote – but you do.

Bryan Bruce is one of NZs most respected documentary makers and public intellectuals who has tirelessly exposed NZs neoliberal economic settings as the main cause for social issues.

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  1. A big disappointment for me is that not one party has called for removing the GST from fresh fruit and veggies. It really would make a big difference to the health and wellbeing of our children, families and communities, if they would just take that one action.

    Other countries (Aus, UK, Canada) do that, and in fact have removed GST from all foods and essential products. We are so far behind in this way. It is so simple, so basic, yet they just don’t get it.

  2. Those on SLP are effectively medically excluded from receiving the IWTC (there are two IRD payments for families, the other being FTC which applies to anyone with a child under 18).

    In order to qualify for SLP they have to be medically unable to work more than 15 hours each week. No amount of motivation would have gotten them to the 20 hrs/week they needed to qualify for the IWTC prior to April 2020.

    From April 2020 the minimum hour requirement has been removed … but the requirement to be off a benefit remains. This is not a motivational payment, it deliberately splits society depending on the ability of your parent/s to be in paid employment.

    FYI if you were severely disabled, ended up on a benefit and had just one child born in 2007 in your care you have now missed out on around $50,000 solely because you were medically incapable of meeting the criteria.

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