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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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Muddled numbers provide an opportunity for Government – Child Poverty Action Group

By   /  January 18, 2018  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Muddled numbers provide an opportunity for Government – Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says that Treasury’s error in overestimatingthe numbers of children lifted out of poverty by both National and Labour’s families packages provides an opportunity for the Government to take bold action. Pre-election, both National and Labour promised to reduce the number of children living under the 50% before housing costs (BHC) […]

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What I want for Christmas…

By   /  December 24, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

Now is the time of the year when we send in  requests to that mysterious red-garbed being at the north pole for ‘goodies’ of one sort or another. This is my belated wish-list of gifts. But not gifts for myself. These are gifts for the whole of New Zealand…

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Families package signals a sea change for children – CPAG

By   /  December 17, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Families package signals a sea change for children – CPAG

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) welcomes the Government’s Families Package announced today, which provides a significant boost to income support where it’s desperately needed. “This is a long overdue response to the disastrous child poverty experienced since the 1990s,” says Associate Professor Susan St John, CPAG’s economics spokesperson. “The Prime Minister is to be applauded […]

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A socially caring economic model to follow – Child Poverty Action Group

By   /  December 8, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says that successful ethical lending schemes such as Nga Tangata Microfinance (NTM) that are designed to empower families in hardship and reduce the effect of debt, should be a model for adoption nationwide. A new report by NTM shows the not-for-profit organisation’s success in helping hundreds of financially vulnerable people […]

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New child poverty numbers should be viewed cautiously – Child Poverty Action Group

By   /  December 8, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on New child poverty numbers should be viewed cautiously – Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says the new Child Poverty Monitor 2017 report shows some improvements in rates and number of children in material hardship, but the figures should be viewed with a degree of caution. The new report, derived from data collected mid-2016 from income over the previous 12 months, shows that the numbers […]

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

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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