The Government has announced that they are changing the rules around paying parents and spouses of people with disabilities. These changes are due to take effect next year after a select committee process.
In July the Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced that parents and spouses of people with disabilities will soon be paid. This has been a long battle for many families who have struggled financially for years as they’ve juggled the needs of their loved ones with financial restrictions. Many family carers are not able to work full-time, or at all, due to the high needs of their loved ones. Click here to read about the court battles some families have gone through to ensure they are paid fairly.
Prior to making this change the Government conducted stakeholder meetings and an online survey. The survey attracted over 900 responses. While it is great that the Government is working towards providing fairer treatment for family carers, there are still concerns being raised, such as how the government will fund these changes. In the recent Government Budget announcement, it set aside $32 million over four years, which equates to $8 million a year. To read more click here
Some disability advocates have also spoken out, saying that the Prime Minister is giving ‘false hope’, to those caring for loved ones. So, this debate is far from over, however, at least now there is a dialogue.
To read more about the Governments initiative click here.
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