Grandparents raising grandchildren in New Zealand are entitled to the unsupported child benefit (UCB) if they meet the conditions for eligibility. To access the support, they are required to attend the offices of Work and Income. In a large survey of such grandparents undertaken in 2016 (funded by a Lotteries Community Sector Research Fund grant) participants articulated a wide range of qualitative comments around their experiences in accessing this important form of income support. While a proportion had positive experiences, most were critical of the operation of the offices. Between the policy of providing financial support for children unable to live with their own parents, and the practice of being a grandparent looking after such children, lies a complex set of systems of which grandparents were often extremely critical, for a range of reasons which are explored in this paper.


Creator | Kaihanga
Dr Liz Gordon, Pukeko Research Ltd
Year of Creation | Tau
Publisher | Kaiwhakaputa
Creative Commons Licence
Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike CC BY-NC-SA
Keywords | Kupu
grandparents, raising, grandchildren, work, income, unsupported, child, benefit, social, welfare, state, national, superannuation, social, security, poverty, advocacy
Main Language | Reo Matua
Submitter's Rights | Nga Tika o te Kaituku
I represent the publisher or owner organisation of this resource
This Research has
been written outside an academic institution
Bibliographic Citation | Whakapuakanga

Liz Gordon (2017) Experiences of grandparents raising grandchildren in getting
income support from work and income offices in New Zealand, Kōtuitui: New Zealand Journal of
Social Sciences Online, 12:2, 134-145, DOI: 10.1080/1177083X.2017.1343194

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