Community Law & Mediation today published a pre-Budget submission on Children and the Social Welfare code. The purpose of this submission is to highlight the impact on children of changes to the social welfare code and policies around that code. In shaping social welfare policy, finite resources undoubtedly present limitations. This submission examines the choices made within those constraints and makes recommendations for the choices that will be made in Budget 2016. For many children, the reality of budgets that lack human rights and equality proofing is in fact regression. We submit that children are uniquely vulnerable and that the state is under an obligation to recognise this in its budgetary decisions and its social welfare policy. Our recommendations present viable and very practical alternatives for decision-makers around Budget 2016.
Download the submission here.