October 12, 2016
Child poverty criticism needs heeding
Peace Movement Aotearoa says the Government needs to stop denying a highly critical report by the United Nations UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.
Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says she told the committee in Geneva that child poverty is too complex and multi-faceted to use just one simplistic measure.
She was disappointed it appears to have ignored the detailed analysis carried out by her ministry showing there has been no rise in poverty or material hardship trends for children.
Edwina Hughes from Peace Movement Aotearoa says Minister Tolley needs to accept the finding that it’s simply not good enough that 29 percent of children are affected by poverty.
The committee was also highly critical of the Government’s response to Maori.
"The committee has specifically said that the cultural capability of the state care system, issues around policing around the criminal justice system is inadequate" says Edwina Hughes.
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