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Launch of the "Complexities of 'Relationship' in the Welfare System and the Consequences for Children" report

When: 12 December, 11.00am- 12.00pm

Where: Mangere East Community Learning Centre, 372 Massey Rd (behind the library), Mangere East, Auckland

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CPAG invites you to attend our launch of a very significant background paper, The complexities of 'relationship' in the welfare system and the consequences for children.

Child Poverty Action Group is pleased to publish this much needed report. Despite the recent focus on 'vulnerable children' in New Zealand, many current policies themselves have had harmful effects on the already most disadvantaged children.  This report focuses on a more systemic issue: the traditional reliance of using a couple as the unit in the welfare system.

In Child Poverty Action Groups' latest background paper, "The complexities of 'relationship' in the welfare system and the consequences for children" CPAG argue the focus needs to shift from what a sole parent is not entitled to, to what she and her children need to thrive. 

Current policies on welfare and relationship fraud have had a major impact on children, in some cases contributing to their poverty and financial insecurity. CPAG asks whether New Zealand's current system adequately reflects the changed nature of relationships in the 21st century.   Child Poverty Action Group is pleased to publish this much needed report. Despite the recent focus on 'vulnerable children' in New Zealand, many current policies themselves have had harmful effects on the already most disadvantaged children.This report focuses on a more systemic issue: the traditional reliance of using a couple as the unit in the welfare system.

CPAG looks at whether using marital status as the defining characteristic for benefit entitlement best serves the well-being of families.

Speakers 

All four authors will be present for speaking and answering questions

Susan St John (QSO):Susan is  CPAG's  Economics Spokesperson, a founding member of CPAG, and a nationally renowned researcher and commentator on child and family poverty. She teaches part-time in the Economics Departmen at the University of Auckland's Business School, where she is co-director of the Retirement Policy and Research Centre. Susan was also shortlisted for Amnestry International New Zealand's 2013 Human Rights Defender Award for her work on child poverty in particular that on discrimination embedded in New Zealand's Working for Families legislation.

Catriona MacLennan:Catriona is an expert in family and domestic violence and benefit law. She is a barrister, journalist and social activist. Catriona also presented CPAG’s six-part television series Child Poverty in Aotearoa – Tackling Inequality 2014 earlier this year. Episodes can be viewed on CPAG’s Youtube channel.

Hannah Anderson : Hannah is the youth representative of CPAG and a  CPAG researcher. She studied psychology and politics at Otago University and is currently working as an advisor to the CEO of World Vision New Zealand. Both her studies and work are motivated by her passion for social justice issues.

Rebecca Fountain : Rebecca has a BA in Gender Studies and is a CPAG researcher working towards her Masters in Policy with particular focus on the Social Security Act and the impact of social security policy, practice and ideology upon Women and their Families.  She is a Musician, Mother, Community Advocate, Writer, Publicist and Social Activist.  

 

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