21 May 2017

Green Party release parental leave policy package

1:34 pm on 21 May 2017

The Green Party is promising to extend tax credits and sick leave to help support families.

Metiria Turei

Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei Photo: RNZ

The party today released a policy package including a $220 weekly Parental Tax Credit which would be available to all parents who did not get paid parental leave.

Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei said it would also extend sick leave from five to 10-days a year for parents to take time off to look after sick children.

The before and after school and holiday care subsidy known as OSCAR would be available to all low-income families and children whose parents were not in paid work, Ms Turei said.

"It's fair and it's right to have universal support for every baby born in New Zealand," she said.

"No child should be left out because their parent doesn't have a job."

And every newborn baby would receive a wahakura - or sleeping pod - and a pack with nappies, clothes and bedding.

Ms Turei said the cost of the policy depended on uptake, but it was estimated to be between $70 million $85m a year.

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