School uniform bill to be debated
Friday 7 Dec 2012 2:01 p.m.
Parliament is going to debate a bill that proposes a special benefit for orphans and other "unsupported children" so they can buy school uniforms.
NZ First MP Tracey Martin's member's bill has been drawn from the ballot and will go on the order paper for a first reading.
"It will finally give these vulnerable children the financial support they so desperately need," she said.
"I call on all political parties to fix this anomaly and help set these kids on the right path by supporting this bill."
Ms Martin says Social Development Minister Paula Bennett has previously promised to support extra assistance for orphans.
Even if the bill becomes law it won't help children at the beginning of the new school year.
Parliament is adjourning next week for the summer recess and Ms Martin's bill won't come up for a first reading.
If it gets through that it will go to a select committee and then have to pass its second reading, committee stage and third reading.
Ms Martin is hoping it will get through quickly with Government support.