February 18, 2021
COVID crisis heightens inequality in Aotearoa
The Salvation Army’s latest State of the Nation report is warning New Zealand’s entrenched inequality has been magnified and exacerbated by the impact of COVID-19.
Social policy unit director Ian Hutson says while the Government’s response to the crisis greatly lessened its impact, the poorest and most vulnerable suffered the most, leaving many with a gloomy future.
The report says while there was some progress on income disparity and unemployment, other long-standing disparities between Māori and non-Māori are not improving, or are worsening, especially imprisonment rates and numbers of people joining the social housing register.
Last year the Salvation Army distributed more than 110,000 food parcels – double the number in 2019.
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