We are calling for the removal of Sections 192, 193, and 194 from 2018 Social Security Act.
These sections impose a weekly sanction of $22 or more on beneficiary sole mothers who have not identified the father of their child. This sanction is putting into further hardship families already struggling to survive.
Currently there are approximately 16,000 children in Aotearoa New Zealand for which this sanction is imposed. Of the 12,508 parents, 12,114 are women, and only 394 are men. 52.3% are Māori. This policy severely disproportionately effects women and Māori.
We request to the Government that the entirety of the provisions set out in Sections 192, 193, and 194 of the 2018 Social Security Act, which enable sanctions on the benefits of sole mothers and their children, be repealed and removed from legislation.
The Labour led Government has committed to removing Sections 192-194 from the Social Security Act since it formed in 2017, but has failed to act or provide a timeline or clarity on when it is going to be removed. For every week that goes by solo mums are being deprived hundreds of thousands of dollars due to this punitive sanction.
Help us send a message to Jacinda Ardern and her Government that it's time to make good on their promise and end the sanction on solo mums!