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A stronger Healthy Homes Bill will be a pillar for children – Child Poverty Action Group

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

More than 40,000 children are hospitalised each year with preventable illnesses that can be attributed to poverty and poor living conditions, and vastly improving legislation around the quality and safety of rental homes is imperative if the wellbeing of children is to improve, says Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG). Passing of the Healthy Homes Guarantee […]

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We absolutely can do better to support rights of children – Child Poverty Action Group

By   /  November 14, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) welcomes the new report “Getting it Right” by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCROC) Monitoring Group. The group, convened by the Office of Children’s Commissioner, reports on the concluding observations from the 2016 examination of New Zealand by the UN Committee, on our commitment to […]

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A New Zealand where all children can flourish – Child Poverty Action Group

By   /  November 2, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on A New Zealand where all children can flourish – Child Poverty Action Group

A New Zealand where all children can flourish: Briefing to incoming ministers Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says that with a new minister for Child Poverty Reduction, there is hope for measurable improvement in the lives of affected children in Aotearoa-New Zealand. It is highly significant that Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has taken this new […]

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MSD is treating loans as income in the courts – Child Poverty Action Group

By   /  October 26, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  4 Comments

Borrowed money should not count as income that can reduce benefit entitlements, saysChild Poverty Action Group (CPAG). In a case being heard in the High Court, the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) is arguing that a sole mother who took out loans to pay for her home repairs and to support her children – because […]

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Abatement rates must be restored for working families to thrive – Child Poverty Action Group

By   /  October 25, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Abatement rates must be restored for working families to thrive – Child Poverty Action Group

A formal agreement between Labour and Greens may spell long sought after improvements to Working for Families (WFF), says Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG). The agreement document says that an “overhaul” of the welfare system must “ensure access to entitlements, remove excessive sanctions and review Working For Families so that everyone has a standard of […]

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Harsh punishments on sole parents fuel child poverty – Child Poverty Action Group

By   /  September 16, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says that urgently removing Sections 176, 177, 178 from the Social Security Legislation Rewrite Bill and extending the In-Work Tax Credit portion of Working for Families to all children irrespective of their parents’ hours of work are critical moves an incoming Government must make to ensure the wellbeing of all […]

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Bold plans needed to tackle child poverty not vague promises – Child Poverty Action Group

By   /  September 6, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Bold plans needed to tackle child poverty not vague promises – Child Poverty Action Group

Bold plans needed to tackle child poverty, not vague promises Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says bold plans are needed, not vague promises that the current Government will reduce child poverty numbers by 100,000 some years in the future. National’s 2018 Family Incomes Package will help some very low-income larger families. But while 50,000 children […]

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Every Child’s Right to a Healthy Home – Child Poverty Action Group

By   /  September 6, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Every Child’s Right to a Healthy Home – Child Poverty Action Group

Today Every Child Counts and the Child Poverty Action Group are hosting a housing forum, asking political parties what they will do to improve access to healthy, affordable housing. The housing crisis is reaching devastating proportions in New Zealand, and while Government has increased its expenditure on emergency housing grants and transitional housing spaces, this […]

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People’s Review report shows urgent policies needed, says CPAG

By   /  August 25, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on People’s Review report shows urgent policies needed, says CPAG

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says that the People’s Review of Renting reportreleased today by ActionStation and Renters United should be considered by Members of Parliament to be further evidence supporting the Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill (No.2) into legislation. The report provides a deeper look at the tragic reality for many renting in New Zealand, […]

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A good start to WFF changes, what will Greens have in store? – CPAG

By   /  July 14, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on A good start to WFF changes, what will Greens have in store? – CPAG

There could finally be some real headway made with Working for Families (WFF) if all the latest policy announcements come into effect, says Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG). But more boxes need to be ticked before WFF can begin to have the desired outcome of reducing the numbers of children in poverty. National’s Family Incomes […]

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Children’s housing needs too urgent to stall – CPAG

By   /  July 11, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Children’s housing needs too urgent to stall – CPAG

Our most vulnerable children are being failed by poor policies on housing and the evidence that a much more elaborate response is needed is stacking up, says Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG). The findings by the latest HRV/AUT State of the Home survey should be taken by all Members of Parliament as evidence they should […]

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Superu report: Incomes and housing crucial to community stability – Child Poverty Action Group

By   /  June 30, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

The findings of the latest Superu Families and Whānau status report, provide clear evidence that addressing one issue at a time will not significantly improve the situation for many children who are living with the effects of income poverty, says Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG). Associate Professor Mike O’Brien, CPAG’s social security spokesperson, says the […]

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Policy priorities for supporting family incomes – CPAG

By   /  June 29, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Policy priorities for supporting family incomes – CPAG

CPAG (Child Poverty Action Group) says the upcoming election provides an opportunity for all political parties to put the wellbeing of all New Zealand’s children at the centre of their policies. Each year, there are around 40,000 hospital admissions in New Zealand of children who have preventable illnesses that are linked to poverty. CPAG’s priority […]

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Poor Report Card result shows New Zealand is failing its children – CPAG

By   /  June 15, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Poor Report Card result shows New Zealand is failing its children – CPAG

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says that New Zealand’s failure to improve the situation for many children is evidenced in the latest Innocenti Report Card 14 Building the Future: Children and the Sustainable Development Goals in Rich Countries by UNICEF, and calls for the Government to make it’s primary goal to dramatically improve the physical […]

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“Sanitary hygiene products too expensive,” says CPAG

By   /  June 6, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on “Sanitary hygiene products too expensive,” says CPAG

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) supports the call by Dr Sarah Donovan, from the University of Otago’s, Department of Public Health, to improve access to sanitary hygiene items by removing the cost barrier, because it signifies a much wider problem being faced by many children and young people in New Zealand. Access to basic necessities […]

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Families must feature in Budget 2017 – Child Poverty Action Group

By   /  May 24, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Families must feature in Budget 2017 – Child Poverty Action Group

In 2017 far too many families have neither a warm safe home nor sufficient money after rent for necessities to enable their children to thrive. CPAG expects changes to Working for Families (WFF) in this Budget, as foreshadowed by the Minister of Finance Steven Joyce. “But if all that is on offer is the inflation […]

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