Crown to appeal decision that carer parents should be paid

NZ Herald Jan 22, 2010

The long-standing battle by eight families for financial help to look after their severely disabled adult children will continue with a Crown appeal. Solicitor General David Collins, QC, has said the Crown will appeal the landmark Human Rights Review Tribunal decision, delivered earlier this month, that found in favour of the families after the Ministry of Health said they were not eligible for caregivers’ payments. Mr Collins said the decision to appeal was “in the public interest” because of the potential fiscal impact of the finding and its flow-on effect to other policy. The tribunal said the parents were discriminated against by the ministry because “they are not allowed to be paid for the services they provide to their child (or children) while anyone else providing the very same care to their child (or children) is able to be paid.”