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Social Unemployment Insurance

Friday, 26 November 2021, 2:26 pm | CPAG

The Government proposal for social unemployment insurance (SUI) aka 2-tier welfare is imminent. If implemented, it would be the biggest change to New Zealand’s welfare system since the introduction of ACC in 1974, and has been designed behind closed ... More >>

Government's Family Income Tweaks Out Of Touch And Deeply Disappointing

Saturday, 6 November 2021, 3:20 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

The Government's family tax credit announcements today show little understanding of the plight of families and children in financial distress, particularly in the midst of this pandemic, says the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) The family tax ... More >>

Outgoing Children’s Commissioner Says We Must Do More

Thursday, 28 October 2021, 10:41 am | Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group welcomes Judge Andrew Becroft’s impassioned speech yesterday in which he calls for a Michael Joseph Savage approach to eliminate child poverty. CPAG has appreciated his efforts to engage on all the complex dimension ... More >>

Govt Hardship Announcement Ignores Children And Whānau With The Greatest Needs

Friday, 22 October 2021, 11:47 am | Child Poverty Action Group

Desperate children have been excluded from today’s Government announcement on additional hardship assistance, which will do nothing to lift children in deepest need out of poverty, says the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG). The Ministry of ... More >>

Upcoming Financial Support Needs To Be Nationwide, Ongoing And Backdated To Start Of Lockdown

Tuesday, 12 October 2021, 11:22 am | Child Poverty Action Group

New financial support for low-income families could enhance public health success, slow down inequality and offer relief from desperate hardship - but it will work best only if it’s substantial and nationwide, says Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG). ... More >>

CPAG Commends Removal Of The Subsequent Child Policy, Says It’s The Right Thing For Our Kids

Thursday, 30 September 2021, 3:30 pm | CPAG

The Child Poverty Action Group is today commending the Government’s decision to remove the Subsequent Child Policy, calling it a win for children. Up until now, parents or caregivers who had a child while they were already receiving a benefit ... More >>

Child Poverty Action Group Welcomes Moves To Cover Birth Injuries Under ACC

Tuesday, 28 September 2021, 12:28 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

The Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) welcomes the announcement by ACC Minister Carmel Sepuloni that some birth injuries to the mother will be covered under ACC scheme. CPAG says this announcement is an important first step towards wider reform ... More >>

Highest jump in weekly benefit numbers since first lockdown

Monday, 6 September 2021, 2:31 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

The current lockdown has triggered the largest weekly increase in benefit recipient numbers since the first lockdown last year, and Child Poverty Action Group is concerned the Government isn't doing enough to assist affected families. The latest MSD reporting ... More >>

Government response to lockdown poverty "inadequate"

Friday, 3 September 2021, 10:59 am | Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group is deeply concerned the Minister of Finance this week refused to signal what, if any, desperately-needed emergency income relief is on its way to vast numbers of low-income families playing their part in lockdown. More >>

Lack Of Lockdown Support Cancels 'Basic Human Rights' Says Microloan Service

Wednesday, 1 September 2021, 4:29 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

High numbers of people are asking a microloan service to reduce their debt repayments because they can’t afford food. "For many people we work with, this lockdown is dire," says Ngā Tangata Microfinance general manager Natalie Vincent. "People ... More >>

Our poorest families need protection now - welfare advocates

Tuesday, 24 August 2021, 10:56 am | Child Poverty Action Group

Advocates and researchers warn the effects of this lockdown could be worse than the first for many of the country’s poorest families - unless the Government immediately lifts incomes and makes support easier to access. "We urge the Government to ... More >>

Poverty Burden For Children Increased Due To Government Neglect - New Report

Tuesday, 27 July 2021, 5:49 am | Child Poverty Action Group

Poverty, inequity, homelessness and food insecurity are among the burdens which increased for tamariki Māori and other children in the first year of Covid-19 - partially due to Government neglect, according to a Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) ... More >>

60% Of New Zealanders Think The Government Should Go Further With Benefit Increases, New UMR Poll Shows

Thursday, 1 July 2021, 5:11 am | Child Poverty Action Group

A poll released today shows 60% of people in New Zealand think the Government should increase income support rates beyond the Budget 2021 increases starting to come into effect today. The UMR poll was commissioned by a group of 26 organisations under ... More >>

Anti-Poverty Groups Query Budget Benefit Delay, Call For Full Increases On 1 July

Wednesday, 26 May 2021, 10:34 am | Child Poverty Action Group

A group of anti-poverty campaigners has called on the Government to implement its Budget benefit plans on 1 July, rather than staggering increases across 1 July 2021 and 1 April 2022, as announced last week. The Government announced, as part of Budget ... More >>

Income Support Rises Welcome If Not Yet Enough - Child Poverty Action Group

Thursday, 20 May 2021, 3:36 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

Child Poverty Action Group welcomes the income support increases announced today by the Government, saying the rises will be a good step towards income adequacy for many children in need. "The changes today are useful if insufficient. Our modelling ... More >>

Government Report Shows Children Made To Suffer Unnecessarily

Thursday, 13 May 2021, 12:09 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

Grim reading: that’s the Child Poverty Action Group’s assessment of the Child Poverty Related Indicators Report released today by the Government. "The report shows our children are suffering unnecessarily. Polling shows our communities care ... More >>

Wage Increases Outpace Income Support For Children - New Research

Wednesday, 5 May 2021, 6:18 am | Child Poverty Action Group

Families in low-paid work with three children would have received up to $1900 more over the last two years if income support for children automatically kept up with wages, according to new research from the Child Poverty Action Group. Since 2018, ... More >>

Government Housing Package "ignores Elephant In The Room"

Thursday, 25 March 2021, 1:19 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

The Government’s housing package announced this week doesn’t do enough for families in grave housing stress, nor does it address housing wealth inequality, says the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG). "Disappointingly this package ignores the ... More >>

Record Breaking Year For Microloan Applications For People Doing It Tough

Monday, 8 March 2021, 6:43 am | Child Poverty Action Group

A record number of loan applications were recorded by Ngā Tāngata Microfinance last year for people needing help covering everyday costs. The not-for-profit saw an increase of 128% for those applying for small loans to cover basic health care ... More >>

"Shocking, Disappointing" Child Poverty Statistics Show Incrementalism Isn’t Working

Tuesday, 23 February 2021, 12:54 pm | Child Poverty Action Group

Incrementalism isn’t working: Child Poverty Action Group says that’s the lesson from the latest child poverty statistics released today. "Although not surprising, these pre-Covid statistics overall are deeply disappointing. For families with disabilities, ... More >>