December 20, 2018
Child poverty reduction plan set in law
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the passing of the child poverty reduction bill puts the pressure on Government to put in place measures that will make a difference to families.
She welcome the support of National, which came after what she describes as relatively minor changes were made, including leaving the door open for a return to the last Government’s social investment strategy.
She says there’s a whakatauki in policy making that what get measured gets done.
"There’s for a long time been a lot of debate about how we measure poverty in New Zealand. This bill puts an end to that. It sets in law how we will measure it, how we report on it, and requires governments to set targets and have a plan to reduce child poverty which if course means addressing whānau poverty," Ms Ardern says.
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