UnitedFuture has been advocating for children and families to be at the heart of policy making for all of its 14 years as a Government support partner.
Our achievements in that time include the establishment of the Families Commission, now Superu, whose purpose is to “increase the use of evidence by people across the social sector, so that they can make better decisions and so improve the lives of New Zealanders, New Zealand’s communities, families and whānau”.
UnitedFuture supporters can rightly be proud of the role the Families Commission has played in bringing to light much of the evidence on which the recently announced review of services to children and families is based. We expect to see real change that will achieve markedly better outcomes for our most vulnerable people.
As further evidence of our commitment to families, UnitedFuture was instrumental in extending paid parental leave to 14 weeks in our first term in government. We can also be proud of our role in extending that to 18 weeks, a change that came into force just a few weeks ago.
UnitedFuture led reforms to the child support system during our third term in government, which are designed to make the system fairer, more balanced, and focused on the child.
We support the Goverment’s moves to abolish CYF and introduce a well funded Children’s Department as a substantial step forward and we urge all parties to engage constructively on this issue.
And we continue to press for income sharing legislation that would reduce the tax bill for parents raising dependent children. With your continued support we can achieve even more.