Parental leave changes a big win for pre-term parents

Today changes to paid parental leave negotiated by ACT come into effect. Parents of pre-term babies will receive additional weekly payments for each week the baby is born before the end of the 37-week gestation period.

“Having a pre-term baby is a completely unforeseeable circumstance,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.  “Parents in this situation deserve the security of government assistance. Today’s change will bring real relief to these parents.

Successful talks bring fairer PPL to pre-term babies

Successful talks between ACT Leader David Seymour and Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Woodhouse have yielded extended paid parental leave for parents of pre-term babies.

ACT welcomes Budget's focus on poorest families

ACT Leader David Seymour welcomes the moves to focus spending on the poorest families.

“One of the problems with government is the pointless churning of income, taxing middle income families and then returning it to them with government spending,” said Mr Seymour.

“A good example of that is the $1,000 Kiwisaver kick-start, which I am pleased to see axed.

“The move to boost core benefit rates is a welcome move, in combination with the welfare reforms to date and the tougher work tests proposed.