The true magnitude of the social wound that is Child Poverty has been shown bare in all its terrible glory by the release of new report attempting to track and measure our child poverty…
One in four Kiwi children living in poverty
A new rigorous measure of child poverty released today shows that about one in six Kiwi children are going without basic necessities. This could mean not having a bed, delaying a doctor’s visit or missing out on meals.
It also shows hospital admissions for children with medical conditions linked to poverty are rising. Tens of thousands of children are admitted every year for respiratory and infectious diseases associated with living in damp, overcrowded homes.
“I see these poor preschool children in crowded homes that are cold and damp coming in with skin infections. They are filling our wards,” Children’s Commissioner Russell Wills, a Hawke’s Bay paediatrician, said.
Children, particularly the youngest, remain the most impoverished group of New Zealanders, three times more likely to live in poverty than those past retirement age.
And the gap between those going without and the rest is showing no signs of narrowing, with children born to solo beneficiary parents by far the most likely to get sick or injured.
But child poverty is also reaching far beyond beneficiaries, with about two out of five impoverished kids living in working families. Overall 265,000 children live in poverty, which is measured by children living in households with less than 60 per cent of the median income after housing costs.
…what’s most sickening about this report is been that the research has been funded privately because this Government point blank refuses to measure child poverty so that they can pretend to ignore the problem altogether.
The reason National need to ignore child poverty is because recognition of the problem demands solutions and this Government don’t want to hear those solutions…
Commissioner wants tax credits system changed to help fight poverty-related illness
Children’s Commissioner Dr Russell Wills is challenging New Zealanders today to shift support from older, middle-income families to give more to our youngest and poorest children.
Dr Wills, a Hawkes Bay paediatrician, is issuing the first of what he plans to be an annual update on trends in child poverty and poverty-related illnesses such as breathing difficulties and skin infections.
The update shows child poverty roughly doubled in the early 1990s and has fallen little since, and that child hospitalisations with poverty-related illnesses rose and fell in parallel with poverty and have risen again since the global recession hit in 2007 to a record high last year.
…when a Government are only interested in giving tax cuts to the rich, poverty denial becomes the default setting when discussing the ramifications of that social greed on the poorest members of society.
When child poverty illness is doing this…
Child poverty ills rising
A “shocking” increase in the number of children being admitted to hospital with illnesses caused by poverty is revealed in a major new report.
…and child abuse numbers are doing this…
Child abuse tally up, not down
Increasing numbers of children have been physically and emotionally abused in the past few years – starkly contradicting welfare officials’ claims.
…while child poverty stats are doing this…
…how the living Christ can the solution be this kind of ‘dawn raid’ style welfare fascism…
House checks possible for solo parents on benefit
Snoopers could soon be calling on solo parents to check whether they are still living alone, as part of the Government’s clampdown on benefit fraudsters.
The measure, if introduced, would mean every solo parent would receive a “home visit” 14 weeks after going on to a benefit to make sure they were not committing fraud.
Papers released under the Official Information Act show officials hope the visits can help to uncover parents who are no longer single but are still fraudulently claiming a benefit.
…we are building an empire of suffering while limiting state aid to those deemed deserving of such help. This is a social decay purposely implemented for idealogical reasons, not empirical evidence based welfare. Such compromised welfare brutality traps those under its weight and kills hope. How the great egalitarian country has allowed itself to be seduced by easy beneficiary bashing as an answer is an indictment on the Seven Sharp level of public broadcasting debate.
See no poverty, speak no poverty, hear no poverty isn’t much of a social policy, but then again, Paula Bennett isn’t much of a Minister.