12 Jan 2010

Don't fight carer ruling, group urges Government

3:07 pm on 12 January 2010

A carers' rights organisation is urging the Government not to appeal against a decision in favour of parents being paid for providing support to their severely disabled adult children.

The Human Rights Review Tribunal has found that the ministry is discriminating against nine parents by not paying them for the support they give their children.

The ministry currently pays carers to look after severely disabled people - but if the carer is a family member, they're not eligible for the payment.

Health Minister Tony Ryall has said the Tribunal's decision has wider implications and will almost certainly be appealed against.

New Zealand Carers Alliance chairman John Forman says the decision should be accepted.

Mr Forman says the Government now has a chance to rethink the support and recognition provided for these carers, rather than focusing on the potential cost.