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Solo female parent with 2 teenagers
Full time admin/secretary working 40 hours per week
In her late 30s-40s
Teenage children in public high school aged 13 & 16
No financial support from other parent
What are the benefits applicable to them?
The Domestic Purpose Benefit: (DPB)
A social welfare payment given to single parents with dependent children.
Since April 2015, it has mainly been replaced by the Sole Parent Support if the child is under 14 or Job Seeker Support if the child is over 14.
Working for families benefit
Is a package designed to make it easier to work & raise a family.
Includes four different type of payments (tax credits)
Amendments to the Employment Relations Act
Came into effect on the 6th of March 2015
Flexible work for employees .
Enables workers to negotiate working arrangements as soon as they start; no limits to requests.
Rest and meal breaks; employer must give a break or a compensatory measure
Changes were made to ensure a balance of fairness between employees and employers
Who are the stakeholders/ people affected?
17.8% of NZ families are headed by a single parent
83% of which are single mother
45% of all marriages dissolved involved parents with children under 17 years old
Type of payments and the amounts you receive depend on:
how many children you care for
your total family income
where your family income comes from
the age of children in your care, and
any children you share care for
Four tax credits
Child Support Amendment Act 2013
Employment Relations Act
Child Support Act 1991
- Paid Parental leave increase
- Was 14 weeks, now 16 weeks
- Goal by 1st April 2016 is to have 18 weeks leave
- Increase of parental tax credit
- Aims at taking financial responsibility for own child
- Cost benefits to help support children
- To qualify:
1) Child needs to be under 19 years
2) NZ citizen or ordinary resident in NZ
3) Not married or in civil union
4) Not financially independent
Aims to make the child support scheme fairer, takes more factors into account; involvement in the child's upbringing.
Introduced new reforms including:
A new formula to estimate the cost for raising a child
The compulsory deduction of child support from a liable parent
Median weekly income - $844
Median hourly earnings - $21.58
Administrator annual income $45k
Average income of $865 weekly
Gender pay gap of 9.9%
Full time - 40 hours a week
Monday - Friday 9am-5.30pm
Salary Based: $55,000
Normal Annual Leave - 20 Days
Paid Sick Leave - 5 days
Social Security Act 1964
- Within the Social Security Act 1964 lies the Sole Parent Support benefit that directly affect sole parents (this is supposed to be in the voice over)
- The acts aim is to protect people's rights and provide support
- A maximum net weekly payment of NZ$299.45 for those earning less than NZ$5200 a year
- As well as NZ$20 extra per week if childcare costs are needed
- Mother or father of one or more dependent child
- Living apart or lost support from spouse
- Parent over nineteen years old and child must be under fourteen years old
Changing of the Act
- Ministry of Development aim to have the Act rewritten by December 2015
- Framework of the Act will remain the same but will provide more support surrounding managing debt and redirecting payments for bills and rent
Family tax credit
: Paid to families with dependent children 18 or younger-
most applicable to our stakeholder
In work tax credit
: Paid to families with children 18 yrs or younger who work required hours each week
Minimum family tax credit
: Paid to ensure that the annual income (after tax) of a family with dependent children 18yrs or younger does not fall below $22,776
Parental tax credit
: Paid to parents with newborns
Leave/entitlements for working sole parents
For a sole parent with teenage children, there are a very selective range of leave/entitlements applicable. This is very unsatisfactory support, as they need the money, but also need flexibility in the workplace to cater to home needs.