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Increased hunger in the land of plenty could be solved – Child Poverty Action Group

By   /  August 15, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Increased hunger in the land of plenty could be solved – Child Poverty Action Group

Increased hunger in the land of plenty could be easily solved Families going without food on a regular basis is dangerously on the verge of becoming normal in Aotearoa-New Zealand – and the problem doesn’t seem to be easing since recent tax credit and Accommodation Supplement increases. Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says that more […]

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Slowdown possibility raises concerns for family incomes – Child Poverty Action Group

By   /  August 8, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Slowdown possibility raises concerns for family incomes – Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says that the Government should be turning up welfare and tax credits as the foundation for better family income protection in the likelihood that the country is facing an economic downturn. With New Zealand seemingly at the top of its game financially, there are signs that things are slowing down […]

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CPAG calls for a legal limit on the total cost of credit – CCCFA Review

By   /  August 2, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on CPAG calls for a legal limit on the total cost of credit – CCCFA Review

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) endorses the Nga Tangata Microfinance (NTM) submission on the Review of Consumer Credit. “Child poverty will not be solved until there is a safe, ethical credit environment for low-income consumers in Aotearoa,” says Dr Claire Dale, CPAG and NTM spokeperson. “It is critical that a legal limit on the total […]

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At last! Safer consumer credit may be coming soon to Aotearoa – CPAG

By   /  August 2, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on At last! Safer consumer credit may be coming soon to Aotearoa – CPAG

Ngā Tangata Microfinance (NTM) welcomes the Consumer Credit Regulation Review by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Having made its submission today, NTM hopes that the outcome of the Review will be a safer consumer credit environment – particularly for those families on low incomes and financially vulnerable. Less income means more financial stress. And […]

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CPAG calls for changes to law and policy and an independent review of all benefit debts

By   /  August 2, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on CPAG calls for changes to law and policy and an independent review of all benefit debts

Urgent changes must be made following the decision by the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) not to appeal the High Court’s ruling that loans are not income for benefit purposes, says Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG). An independent review is needed of the legitimacy of beneficiary debt, the operation of the investigation and prosecution unit […]

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What happens when the Winter Energy Payment runs out? – Child Poverty Action Group

By   /  July 29, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on What happens when the Winter Energy Payment runs out? – Child Poverty Action Group

Low-income families on benefits have had the Winter Energy Payment (WEP) added to their weekly income since 1 July. But while some New Zealand Superannuation recipients are finding the WEP makes a significant difference in their lives, some low-income families with children say it barely makes a difference. One mother said that at the same […]

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New survey numbers to be celebrated, but children can’t wait – Child Poverty Action Group

By   /  July 9, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on New survey numbers to be celebrated, but children can’t wait – Child Poverty Action Group

New survey numbers to be celebrated, but children can’t wait for reporting Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) commends the announcement by Minister of Statistics James Shaw that his ministry will be kicking off New Zealand’s most extensive survey of child poverty this month “to give a clearer picture of how poverty affects everyone; from children […]

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High court rules loans are not income for welfare beneficiaries – Child Poverty Action Group

By   /  July 3, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

In a breakthrough decision released today the High Court has said that loans are not income for social security purposes and Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) is calling on the Minister of Social Development to immediately remove all debts, cases and prosecutions against beneficiaries where loans have been counted as income. The Ministry of Social […]

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CPAG welcomes Working for Families increases on July 1

By   /  June 30, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on CPAG welcomes Working for Families increases on July 1

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) welcomes the long overdue increases to Working for Families (WFF) rates coming in this Sunday. But after six years of no adjustment for average wage and cost increases, the changes signify little more than an overdue catch-up. Working families on low incomes have been particularly hard hit by past cuts […]

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CPAG’s Assoc Prof Mike O’Brien awarded honour

By   /  June 6, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on CPAG’s Assoc Prof Mike O’Brien awarded honour

CPAG’s Assoc Prof Mike O’Brien named on Queen’s Birthday Honour list Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) warmly congratulates long-serving executive member Associate Professor Mike O’Brien who has been included among the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours list as an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to social policy and education. Having been […]

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Appointment of Prof Innes Asher to Welfare Advisory Group – Child Poverty Action Group

By   /  May 30, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  3 Comments

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) is delighted with today’s news that Professor Innes Asher, a long-standing member of the organisation, has been selected as a member of the Government’s Welfare Expert Advisory Group (WEAG). Professor Asher will join a cohort of highly respected professionals working across various fields such as social policy, human rights, welfare, […]

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The Future of Tax should have a focus on children – Child Poverty Action Group

By   /  April 30, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on The Future of Tax should have a focus on children – Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) is pleased that the Government has sought extensive outside viewpoints on its re-envisioning of taxation in New Zealand, via a call for submissions to the Tax Working Group, on the “Future of Tax”. CPAG has made a submission to the TWG today. “In our submission, we take a child-focused lens […]

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CPAG welcomes new report on Children’s Rights

By   /  April 11, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on CPAG welcomes new report on Children’s Rights

Child Poverty Action Group welcomes the new report from the Children’s Convention Monitoring Group (CCMG), and its timely release following the 25th anniversary of New Zealand signing the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCROC). The new report, entitled Getting It Right: Building Blocks, looks at how new and current legislation, including […]

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Child poverty targets realistic, but income needs urgent – Child Poverty Action Group

By   /  February 1, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Child poverty targets realistic, but income needs urgent – Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says the ten year targets set by the Government last night to reduce child poverty are both appropriate and realistic. They are also consistent with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal of halving child poverty by 2030. “Ten years may seem like a long time but the reality is that poverty […]

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Budget Policy shows some progress, but more work is needed – Child Poverty Action Group

By   /  February 1, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Budget Policy shows some progress, but more work is needed – Child Poverty Action Group

Treasury’s Budget Policy Statement (BPS) 2018 indicates some real progress in terms of social wellbeing, but there are still outstanding issues that need to be urgently considered ahead of the upcoming Budget, says Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG). While Government has committed significant additional spending to reverse the deliberate reductions and neglect of Working for […]

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New poverty measures will provide a broader picture – CPAG

By   /  January 31, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on New poverty measures will provide a broader picture – CPAG

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) commends the Government for its new Child Poverty Reduction Bill. In particular, its comprehensive multi-tiered poverty lines will provide a broader picture of the depth of child poverty than any single measure could. Six supplementary measures will accompany the four primary measures of child poverty. CPAG especially welcomes the 40% […]

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