ANZASW Statement on Child Poverty Monitor Report (Scoop 12 December 2018)
Child Poverty Bill doesn’t Address Cause: Inequality (SCOOP, Closing the Gap, 03 December 2018 )
As Parliament prepares to pass the Child Poverty Reduction Bill this coming week, the income equality group Closing the Gap again urges MPs to tackle the problem behind child poverty: inequality.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s bill is a good first step, but its focus on setting targets and improving reporting on child poverty are “process” issues, and don’t get at the root of the problem, Closing the Gap spokesman Peter Malcolm said.
Latest figures show child poverty in New Zealand stands at around 27 percent, meaning nearly 300,000 children living below the poverty line. “Those figures are proof enough — we don’t need more reporting and targets to tell us income equality must be urgently addressed,” Mr. Malcolm said…
Radio NZ Podcast: Govt Urged to Widen Child Poverty Reduction Bill
ANZASW Submission on Child Poverty Reduction Bill(April 2018)
New Zealand Legislation (http://www.legislation.govt.nz)
Child Poverty Reduction Bill>>
Purpose of this Act
The purpose of this Act is to help achieve a significant and sustained reduction in child poverty in New Zealand by provisions that—
(a) encourage a focus by government and society on child poverty reduction:
(b) facilitate political accountability against published targets:
(c) require transparent reporting on levels of child poverty.
Overview of this Act
To help achieve its purpose, this Act—
(a) specifies and requires child poverty measures:
(b) requires the setting of child poverty reduction targets:
(c) requires reports relating to child poverty:
(d) requires the identification of child poverty-related indicators: