February 18, 2019
Radical action needed on child poverty
The Child Poverty Action Group says a more radical approach is needed to welfare reform to address consistently wide gaps between Māori and non-Māori.
The gaps were highlighted in the Salvation Army’s latest state of the nation report, which found incremental policy changes over the past few years have done little to provide the necessary improvements.
Group co-convenor Janfrie Wakim says changes need to be robust enough to have longevity.
While there has been some improvement for those on low incomes in paid work, little has changed for people on benefits.
Ms Wakim says Child Poverty Action Group wants to see a 20 percent increase in this year’s Budget in all core benefits.
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