Submission on Social Security (Youth Support and Work Focus) Amendment Bill

The Commission  has made a submission to the Social Services Select Committee on the Social Security (Youth Support and Work Focus) Amendment Bill.

The submission raises concerns about the very limited timeframe for written consideration of the Bill by Parliament, contrary to the principles of representative democracy. The Bill’s proposals fall short of requirements in international conventions that New Zealand has ratified, and risk undermining privacy rights. The Commission has recommended a number of amendments including those needed to better protect the best interests of children and young people.

Proposals in the Bill breach the anti-discrimination provisions in the Human Rights Act 1993 and the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act 1990. The Youth Package discriminates on the grounds of family status and age, and the work requirements for any beneficiary who has a subsequent child amount to discrimination based on employment status. The Commission considers insufficient evidence has been provided to demonstrate that this discrimination is justifiable, particularly in relation to the Bill’s compulsory income management provisions.

Read the Commission’s full submission on the Social Security (Youth Support and Work Focus) Amendment Bill (Word 150Kb).

Read the Commission’s oral submission on the Social Security (Youth Support and Work Focus) Amendment Bill (Word 100Kb).

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