Supplementary Order Paper No 155

No 155

House of Representatives

Supplementary Order Paper

Tuesday, 27 November 2018

Child Poverty Reduction Bill

Proposed amendments

David Seymour, in Committee, to move the following amendments:

Clause 5

In clause 5, delete the definition of base financial year (page 5, lines 24 and 25).

In clause 5, definition of supplementary measure, replace sections 15 to 20 (page 7, lines 9 and 10) with section 19.

Clause 11

Delete clause 11 (page 9, lines 1 to 9).

Clause 14

Replace clause 14 (page 9, lines 19 and 20) with:

14 Purpose of supplementary measure

Section 19 specifies or requires a supplementary measure for reports.

Clause 15

Delete clause 15 (page 9, lines 21 to 25).

Clause 16

Delete clause 16 (page 9, lines 26 to 30).

Clause 17

Delete clause 17 (page 9, lines 31 to 35).

Clause 18

Delete clause 18 (page 10, lines 1 to 5).

Clause 20

Delete clause 20 (page 10, lines 10 to 15).

Clause 31

In clause 31(1), delete paragraph (b) (page 13, lines 13 and 14).

In clause 31(1), delete paragraph (e) (page 13, lines 18 and 19).

In clause 31(1), delete paragraph (f) (page 13, lines 20 and 21).

In clause 31(1), delete paragraph (g) (page 13, lines 22 and 23).

In clause 31(1), delete paragraph (h) (page 13, lines 24 and 25).

In clause 31(1), delete paragraph (j) (page 13, lines 27 to 29).

New clause 31B

After clause 31A (page 14, after line 9), insert:

31B Reports: content: access to child-specific items

(1)

In preparing the report, the Statistician must interview a sample of 200 children between the ages of 6 and 17 to measure them against the following criteria for assessing deprivation:

(a)

whether any child has a lack of the following essentials:

(i)

two pairs of shoes in a good condition that are suitable for daily activities:

(ii)

two sets of warm winter clothes:

(iii)

a waterproof coat:

(iv)

fresh fruit and vegetables daily:

(v)

a meal with meat, fish, or chicken (or vegetarian equivalent) each day:

(vi)

a separate bed:

(vii)

a house with enough bedrooms that children aged over 10 of the opposite sex are not sharing a room:

(viii)

an ability to have their friends around to play and eat from time to time:

(ix)

an ability to have their friends around for a birthday party:

(x)

all of the school uniform items required by their school:

(b)

whether, as a consequence of a need to economise because money was needed for essentials, any child—

(i)

continued wearing shoes or clothes that were worn out or the wrong size:

(ii)

had a visit to the dentist postponed:

(iii)

had a visit to the doctor postponed:

(iv)

had a prescription that was not picked up:

(v)

was unable to go on a school trip or other school event due to cost:

(vi)

was unable to participate in music, dance, kapa haka, art, swimming, or other special interest lessons:

(vii)

had to limit their involvement in sport:

(viii)

had to make do with very limited space to study or play:

(c)

whether—

(i)

any child has been referred to Oranga Tamariki in the last 12 months:

(ii)

the Police have been referred to the property any child lives at in the last 12 months:

(iii)

any member of the household of any child has been convicted of sexual or violent offending in the last 12 months:

(iv)

any child has attended fewer than 95 percent of school days in the last 12 months:

(v)

any child has attended fewer than 90 percent of school days in the last 12 months:

(vi)

any child has attended fewer than 85 percent of school days in the last 12 months:

(vii)

any child lives at a property that does not meet the requirements of the Building Code:

(viii)

any child has no parent or guardian in paid employment.

(2)

The report must include details of the results of the interviews conducted under subsection (1).

Explanatory note

This Supplementary Order Paper amends the Child Poverty Reduction Bill. It requires the Statistician to report annually to Parliament on whether children are receiving the basic necessities of life. This information will allow governments to target resources where they are most needed in order to reduce child neglect.