Dunne Asked to Address Child Poverty

November 14, 2012 New Zealand Taxation

Peter DunnePeter Dunne is being called out on the issue of child poverty and in-work tax credits.

In the wake of a vote which led to the rejection of the Green’s Income Tax (Universalisation of In-Work Tax Credit) Amendment Bill, the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) called on the Revenue Minister Peter Dunne to outline what steps New Zealand should take to address the issue of child poverty.

According to the Child Poverty Action Group the universiliization of in-work tax credits is “obvious way to alleviate child poverty” by adding “…the In Work tax credit to the Family tax credit so that all children in low income families are treated the same. ”

The Group claims that last week Peter Dunne cast the deciding vote on the bill, which was defeated with 61 votes against and 60 votes in support.

Peter Dunne later explained that “there are other ways” of dealing with child and family poverty.

In the statement the spokesperson for CPAG Susan St John explained the group’s demands, saying “…that places a lot of responsibility on the shoulders of Peter Dunne.  He belongs to a party that is supposed to care about families and pledged during the last election to fight for a reduction in inequality.”

Photo by Tertiary Education Union (NZTEU)