September 03, 2020
Child poverty report card out of date
The Prime Minister says a UNICEF report giving New Zealand low marks on child wellbeing reflects the under-investment of the last government.
Jacinda Ardern, who is also Child Poverty Reduction Minister, says the report itself acknowledges in many cases data was missing or was several years old.
It pre-dates the $5.5 billion Families Package which lifted more than 18,000 children from poverty and the setting of child poverty targets, with seven out of nine child poverty measures now improved.
She says the Government accepts all of the report’s recommendations: to consult with children, ensure an integrated approach to child wellbeing, and plan for the future.
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