Stop Child Disability Allowance being classed as income within Work and Income.
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Child Disability Allowance is given to parents of a child with a disability to cover the extra costs for that child such as equipment and extra educational needs etc. It is granted by Work and Income after a specialist confirms the disability as severe enough to warrant it.
Throughout New Zealand it is not classed as income anywhere except for the calculation of Temporary Additional Support by Work and Income. In all other calculations by Work and Income, it is exempt as income. Within all departments of IRD, it is exempt as income.
This has meant that those who are struggling and would normally be eligible for Temporary Additional Support through Work and Income, get denied it due to the Child Disability Allowance included as income. As a result, the Child Disability Allowance is not used for the extra needs of the child, it is is used for bills and survival by the family due to need.
For example, a family receiving Temporary Additional Support due to medical costs (not for the disabled child) over and above the maximum Disability Allowance, was cut as soon as their child was granted the Child Disability Allowance. Work and Income then still expects the Child Disability Allowance to be spent on the child (as it is meant to be) and then says that their hands are tied due to legislation that includes it as income in the Temporary Additional Support formula.
Please help by signing this petition to change the legislation and allow the Child Disability Allowance to be used for what it is intended for under ALL circumstances.
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