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Nationwide Post Budget Event Series – Child Poverty Action Group

By   /  May 22, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, The Liberal Agenda  /  No Comments

Each year Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) provides child-focused analysis and commentary of the budget. The aim is to provide an accessible and affordable avenue for the community to come together and hear about how the budget affects children and young people, especially our most vulnerable who live in poverty.

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Health priorities for a New Zealand where children can flourish – Child Poverty Action Group

By   /  May 17, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

CPAG (Child Poverty Action Group) says that with a government election impending, it is crucial to bring in policies that have the wellbeing of all New Zealand’s children. Without good health, our whānau and our country cannot flourish. With good policies, designed to ensure the wellbeing of children across all areas of life and all […]

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Poverty in childhood linked to mental health problems: new report – Child Poverty Action Group

By   /  May 16, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and the New Zealand Psychological Society (NZPsS) have long been concerned with the impact of poverty on children’s health. The combined effects of inadequate family incomes, high living costs and poor housing conditions can lead to serious and prolonged physical illness. Not only is a child’s physical health at risk, […]

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CPAG stands behind figures showing $2.8 billion cuts to Working for Families

By   /  May 15, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) is standing behind figures it has published which show the Government has cut over $2.8 billion out of the Working for Families (WFF) budget since 2010. These figures were disputed by the Finance Minister Steven Joyce in Parliament on 10 May 2017 although no alternative numbers to justify his claim […]

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New report: Child poverty and mental health – Child Poverty Action Group

By   /  May 13, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on New report: Child poverty and mental health – Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and the New Zealand Psychological Society warmly invite you to attend the report launch ofChild poverty and mental health: A literature review at the Auckland City Mission on Thursday 18 May, 2017 at 10:30am. The report discusses the relationship between poverty experienced during childhood and the impact it can have […]

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Will Joyce’s Working for Families changes be enough? – CPAG

By   /  May 6, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

Budget 2017 must significantly step up the level of income support for low-income families to prevent an escalation in child poverty and reverse damage done by past policy, says Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG). Minister of Economic Development Steven Joyce says there will be increases to Working for Families (WFF) – a long-awaited response to […]

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More houses should be the primary target – CPAG

By   /  May 6, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on More houses should be the primary target – CPAG

While the Government’s new Better Public Services (BPS) health targets are laudable, the housing target has fallen far from the mark of making a real commitment to improving the lives of New Zealand’s high-need families and children, says Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG). The target of “achieving a 20 per cent reduction in the time […]

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Hospitalisations linked to poverty must be reduced – Child Poverty Action Group

By   /  April 27, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Hospitalisations linked to poverty must be reduced – Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says that high rates of childhood bronchiectasis evidenced in the latest report from the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation, should provide the motivation for Government to prioritise spending with children’s health in mind this year. But targeting specific illnesses alone will not provide the solution to the shameful problem of a […]

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Why are we only seeing Band-Aid responses to the deepening housing shortage?

By   /  April 12, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

New Zealand’s housing crisis appears to be worsening with escalating need as well as wide concern by housing agencies and the Government alike, says Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG). Many children in families who have been living in their cars over summer are facing the possibility of increased ill health, and more days off school […]

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Latest income and welfare changes fall short of addressing need – Child Poverty Action Group

By   /  April 5, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Latest income and welfare changes fall short of addressing need – Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says that although the Government has increased the minimum wage and benefits yearly, the latest increases are a poor reflection of the actual increased costs of living faced by low-income families. The new adult minimum wage went up just 50 cents to $15.75 per hour on April 1, falling far […]

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All children are vulnerable – Child Poverty Action Group

By   /  April 1, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) advises that the new Oranga Tamariki (Ministry for Vulnerable Children) officially replacing Child, Youth and Family as of today, should have a much wider vision and extend its focus to all children in need. It is crucial that it ensures resources are plentiful. According to Associate Professor Mike O’Brien, CPAG […]

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Thriving Families reinforces CPAG campaign

By   /  March 18, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Thriving Families reinforces CPAG campaign

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says the “Thriving Families” policy of The Opportunities Party (TOP) announced on Tuesday recognises New Zealand desperately needs a fundamental re-envisioning of the welfare and income redistribution systems. “It is great to see that the principles of CPAG’s campaign to Fix Working for Families are being picked up. While there […]

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Poverty link to risk of child abuse cannot be ignored – Child Poverty Action Group

By   /  March 4, 2017  /  CPAG, Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  4 Comments

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) supports and endorses the open letter by the Human Rights Commission calling on the Prime Minister to initiate an independent inquiry into the abuse of people held in State care, in order to “identify the systemic issues that permitted this to occur and the broader impact of these events on our communities.”

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Social housing demand up 49% since 2015 – CPAG

By   /  March 3, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Social housing demand up 49% since 2015 – CPAG

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says the Government must urgently deliver a wider range of affordable housing solutions as a credible response to the rising need for emergency financial support. These solutions include building more state houses and undertaking a complete review of the now out-dated Accommodation Supplement. The lack of concern shown by Prime […]

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New CPAG Report: Children and the Living Wage

By   /  February 28, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on New CPAG Report: Children and the Living Wage

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says that care must be taken not to undermine the needs of families by promoting a Living Wage (LW) as a ‘one-size-fits-all’ solution. A new report written for CPAG by Susan St John and Yun So, Children and the Living Wage, explains why families in Aotearoa New Zealand need a […]

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New data must take child welfare into consideration – Child Poverty Action Group

By   /  February 15, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on New data must take child welfare into consideration – Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says that attention to the well-being of children from families recently off benefits must be at the fore of new data analysis if the undertaking is to be meaningful. Minister for Children Anne Tolley expressed an intention to analyse more recent data, after the Superu report released last week. However […]

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