On the 15th May one of our community put forward 3 important questions to Hon Todd McClay. The information was requested under the Official Information Act (1982).
These are the replies that have been received back.
1.8.1 Provide what the true cost is to raise a child in New Zealand that the government and IRD have used and refer to in this bill, not the income based % cost model.
This answer doesn’t really leave us any the wiser than when we started however this part is interesting….
..the desire to align the child support system with that of Australia
Links mentioned in the article
1.8.2 Justification on how the cost to raise similar children in a blended family can vary so much if the calculations are in fact based on the cost to raise children in New Zealand.
Many of our case studies have highlighted the fact that children appear to be worth significantly different amounts, even when living under the same roof.
The reply points again to this study.
This is not anything new.
1.8.3 The list of the 700 goods and services Statistics New Zealand reviewed to evaluate the cost to raise children in New Zealand.
This one has been referred to the NZ department of statistics, apparently they have this information and we will update you all when we receive it.
For those of us that hoped to get some meaningful answers to these questions, it has left us feeling very deflated.
From here the next step, should we wish to keep heading down this path, is onto the Ombudsman to investigate and review.
What do you think of the answers given? Do we as New Zealand tax payers deserve a better explanation than what has been given?