Government is trying the stick approach to beneficiary parents:
From next July, parents on a benefit will have to ensure their children meet four health and education requirements, otherwise their benefit could be cut by up to half.
Children must also be enrolled with a GP and have core health checks.
Parents will get three chances to fall into line before having their benefit cut by up to half.
I’ve got no problem with pushing parent’s to ensure their children have adequate health care and education. And three chances seems fair enough, as long as what parents are required to do is reasonable.
But I do have doubts about the final stick of halving benefits, as Labour says in Govt warned that crackdown could hurt children…
… if a benefit is cut, the children the Government says it’s trying to help could end up worse off.
It may depend on how quickly the benefit can be reinstated if the parents comply – but it would be odd if any parent relying on a benefit would get themselves in the position of having their benefit cut in the first place, as long as the requirements are reasonable.
Greens, who always seem to prefer handing out carrots, don’t see it this way…
Party co-leader Metiria Turei said it’s unfair that the financial penalty would apply solely to beneficiaries and not other parents.
That’s an odd statement, you can’t half a benefit that you aren’t paying. And…
The Greens outraged by government plans to halve benefits for parents who don’t enrol their kids in early childhood education.
Presumably Greens support better health and education for children, and just don’t like any threats of repercussions for non-compliance.
Metiria Turei has just launched a campaign against poverty – how will she ensure kids get better healthcare and education?
It really should only be a theoretical threat anyway, surely parents will do what’s best for their kids anyway.
But United Future leader Peter Dunne says it’s a fundamentally good idea for people receiving a benefit to have to meet certain obligations for their children.
However, he hopes it won’t be a repeat of the Shipley Government’s code of social responsibility.
Mr Dunne said that failed by imposing obligations on people without the Government providing services to hold up its end of the bargain.
It’s up to Government to ensure the services are available. And hopefully parent’s won’t even require a first warning, they should make sure their kids get education and healthcare.