The Tax Working Group
ANZASW Response: Inequity & the Need for More Progressive Taxation (Scoop 04 March 2019)
The Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW) supports calls for more progressive taxation policies to be adopted by government in order to address the high levels of social and economic inequity in this country.
The debate over taxation has reached the headlines again recently following the publication of the Tax Working Group report, which recommended that government consider increasing or introducing certain taxes in order to make the system fairer and more up-to-date.
As social workers, trained to be able to analyse how the macro affects the micro, who encounter on a regular basis the consequences of economic inequity in our society, we are particularly well-placed to comment on the need to tackle the extreme inequality that exists in our islands.
“In this country, we have children going to school hungry, families living in cars, increasing demand for food banks and unacceptably high levels of child poverty, trends that are likely to continue because of massive inequality, a cost of living crisis combined with insecure and low-paid work,” Lucy Sandford-Reed, ANZASW Chief Executive, said.
Review of the New Zealand Health & Disability Sector
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Draft Terms of Reference>>
Chair: Helen Simpson
Interim report July 2019, Final Report January 2020
The Welfare Expert Advisory Group
NZHerald 28 May 2018: Expert Panel to advise on welfare system overhaul announced
Chair: Professor Cindy Kiro
Reports back to Parliament February 2019
Child & Wellbeing Strategy
Due to lack of response from members no submission was made by ANZASW
Review of the Family Court
Justice Minister Andrew Little has announced a Review of the Family Court.
Terms of Reference are to be announced over the next few weeks.
Stuff Politics 10 April 2018: Justice Minister Andrew Little concerned about access to justice in Family Court