New Zealand First MP
There are a significant number of New Zealanders caring for high-needs family members in their own homes. The work they do is vital and largely unheralded, but it can also be stressful on both an emotional and financial level.
The Coalition Government this week provided some relief to these stretched carers, with the announcement of substantial changes to the Family Funded Care policy.
The $32 million package will see pay rates for family carers increase from the current minimum wage to a fairer pay equity rate of between $20.50 and $25.50 an hour. Family carers’ rights to challenge the laws and policies which affect them most will also be restored, after being rendered voiceless by the previous Government.
Family carers are some of New Zealand’s unsung heroes, but their needs have not been met and their voices have struggled to be heard. But this Government is listening. We are working to ensure that all New Zealanders, whatever their challenges, receive the recognition and support that they deserve.
This package follows on from recent Government announcements on additional learning support in classrooms, the extension of support for those in state care transitioning into adulthood, and the overall focus on improving support for those with mental health and addiction issues.
New Zealand First is proud to be part of a Government which is addressing problems which have been ignored for too long and will make a positive difference in the years ahead.
We are determined to put the wellbeing of New Zealanders at the forefront of what we do.