A major policy announcement from The Greens over the weekend:
Budget for All Mothers
The Green Party wants to help parents when they need it the most, by ensuring they have time and money to focus on raising happy, healthy kids
Too many parents in Aotearoa are struggling to pay the bills and juggle work and family commitments. We want every single Kiwi kid to have a great start in life – regardless of what their parents earn or whether they work or not. To make that a reality, their parents need more time, more financial support, and more flexible work arrangements. Well-supported kids turn into happy and healthy adults.
Our Budget for all Mothers will help by:
- Making the $220 per week Parental Tax Credit available to all families who don’t get paid parental leave. This ensures every baby born in New Zealand gets the same support and makes the system simpler.
- Extend sick leave to be a minimum of 10 days a year, so that parents and whanau have time to look after sick kids
- Ensuring the OSCAR subsidy for after school and holiday programmes is available to all kids from low-income families.
- Give every new born baby a Wahakura – Baby Pod, which includes a safe sleeping place as well as clothes, nappies and bedding
Greens unveil families policy, pods and universal parental tax credits
Greens make election pitch to parents
‘Budget for all mothers’ – Greens election promise of $220 per week for Kiwi families
From the first of those links:
The parental tax credit helps with the costs of a new baby for the first 10 weeks after its born. However, those who are receiving an income‑tested benefit, student allowance or pension would not be entitled.
Under the Greens policy, these groups would be eligible as they would not be on paid parental leave. The extended tax credits was expected to cost $43m per year.
Extending OSCAR subsidies could cost between $15m and $30m, depending on uptake, Turei said.
The Greens package was based on the model rolled out in Finland – where they’ve been rolling out newborn starter kits with the sleeping box and essentials, for 75 years.
With the provision of the pod and essential baby items, Finland found more lower income mothers were seeking out medical professionals earlier in the pregnancy and infant death rates dropped dramatically. From 65 out of every 1000 in the 1930s, to fewer than 10 in 2010.
Surely no “data driven” “social investment” party could be opposed?