Carmel Sepuloni has confirmed why it is that Labour fails to fire.
She has issued a missive deriding Work and Income for penalising bludgers who don’t name the fathers of their income streams.
It’s time to repeal a law that sanctions sole parent families for not identifying the name of the other parent, Labour’s Social Development Spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni says.
“Every week, 17,000 children are missing out because their sole parent is being sanctioned by WINZ for not identifying the child’s other parent. The average loss is between $22 and $28 a week – a huge amount for families struggling to get by. This is impacting nearly 20% of sole parent families reliant on benefits.
“The intent of this legislation was to encourage fathers to pay their child support, but the administration of it has been patchy and unfair – 97.7% of people sanctioned are women, and 52.8% Maori. The law isn’t working as intended, and its hurting families and children. Read more »