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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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Plea for a cross-party commitment to ending child poverty – Child Poverty Action Group

By   /  February 2, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

We have the figures: we know that 28% of children living in Aotearoa are experiencing the effects of some form of income poverty – they are living in families who have incomes that are less than 60% of the average median, after housing costs. We know that eight percent, or 90,000 children are suffering from […]

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Minimum wage increase has minimal impact without stronger supports – Child Poverty Action Group

By   /  January 26, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Minimum wage increase has minimal impact without stronger supports – Child Poverty Action Group

For the second time inside of two years the National Government has increased the minimum wage by 50 cents per hour, this year equating to a 3.3% increase (down slightly from last year’s 3.4%). While this initiative from the National Government is a commendable acknowledgement of the rising costs affecting our most needy, the increase […]

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Back-to-school budget demands send parents into crisis – Child Poverty Action Group

By   /  January 24, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

Families still reeling from the expense of Christmas now face the high costs of the new school year along with rent increases and other rising costs of living. Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says family incomes must be high enough to cover all essential living and schooling costs for children, while ensuring that schools minimise […]

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Child Poverty Monitor 2016: Action plan needed now – Child Poverty Action Group

By   /  December 13, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Child Poverty Monitor 2016: Action plan needed now – Child Poverty Action Group

Rates of poverty, no matter how they are measured, are worse for children than any other group, and a comprehensive Government-led plan must be implemented urgently to achieve real improvement says Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG). The Child Poverty Monitor results (being released officially Tuesday December 13) reveal no significant improvement for the lives of […]

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Support for Heidi Hayward’s open letter from CPAG – Child Poverty Action Group

By   /  December 13, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Support for Heidi Hayward’s open letter from CPAG – Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) commends the courageous and forthright efforts of Dunedin school principal Heidi Hayward, and encourages more voices to join Heidi’s in support. The state of affairs for children in New Zealand simply does not meet our moral or practical obligations as signatories to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of […]

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Different rules for charter schools don’t add up – Child Poverty Action Group

By   /  December 13, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Different rules for charter schools don’t add up – Child Poverty Action Group

Charter schools are contracted to achieve the same educational outcomes for children as public schools are, and should not be reaping financial benefits by fudging the books, says Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG). They may in fact be jeopardising the quality of education, and putting children at risk of “leaving these schools without the qualifications […]

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“Family package” something to look forward to? Child Poverty Action Group

By   /  December 6, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on “Family package” something to look forward to? Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says the latest comments from Prime Minister John Key around shaping budget surpluses into better support for families is heartening. “We are keen to see what the promised ‘tax and family package’ is, and to assess how that will help the worst-off families,” says Associate Professor Susan St John, CPAG […]

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Praise for progressive move by Hawke’s Bay DHB – Child Poverty Action Group

By   /  December 3, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Praise for progressive move by Hawke’s Bay DHB – Child Poverty Action Group

Congratulations to the Hawke’s Bay District Health Board. Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) applauds the visionary step taken by this district to direct funding to extending free general health visits for all children until they turn 18. From July 2015 there have been free GP visits for under-13s throughout the country (previously only for under-6s), […]

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More advocacy at the coalface needed – Child Poverty Action Group

By   /  November 21, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

Findings of a recent study byChild Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and associates show that more advocacy is needed at the coalface for those in financial need, especially for families with children who have disabilities and chronic illness. Barriers to support: Uptake of the Child Disability Allowance in Otara is a new report being released on […]

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CPAG’s new report launch: “Barriers to Support”

By   /  November 18, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

A welfare system that is hard to negotiate for those in need is a welfare system that is fundamentally flawed. Findings of a recent study by Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and associates show that more advocacy is needed at the coalface for those in need of financial support, especially for families with children who […]

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Barriers to educational success must be removed – Child Poverty Action Group

By   /  September 28, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Barriers to educational success must be removed – Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says that distribution of resources to schools must be better targeted to ensure that all children across the decile system have the same access to quality educational opportunities. A fully equitable education system is one in which all children have the same chances of success irrespective of their family circumstances […]

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