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OCC's Expert Advisory Group on Child Poverty

The Children's Commissioner's Expert Advisory Group's report is a valuable contribution to the enormous task of righting the wrong of child poverty in New Zealand, especially as the report covers such a wide range of topics, thereby acknowledging that child poverty is multi-dimensional, and dealing with it meaningfully will require action across many areas including income, housing, health and education.

CPAG does, however, have some major concerns about the focus of the report and resulting recommendations.

CPAG's full submission can be accessed here: EAG Submission

CPAG's Whangarei Branch has also prepared an additional submission focusing on the Northland area.  Please click here: Whangarei Submission

In March 2012, the Children’s Commissioner, Dr Russell Wills, established an Expert Advisory Group (EAG) on Solutions to Child Poverty. The EAG published its first report, an Issues and Options Paper, in 28 August, together with 20 background papers on a raft of issues relating to child poverty. 

The Group's report is a valuable contribution to the enormous task of righting the wrong of child poverty in New Zealand, especially as the report covers such a wide range of topics, thereby acknowledging that child poverty is multi-dimensional, and dealing with it meaningfully will require action across many areas including income, housing, health and education.

CPAG does, however, have some major concerns about the focus of the report and resulting recommendations.

There is no doubt that the authors of the EAG’s paper are keen to alleviate child poverty in New Zealand and mitigate its effects. While the paper repeatedly states that the best interests of children must always be at the heart of any new policy packages, the recommendations reflect conventional economics that places labour market participation at the centre of social policy.

CPAG's full submission can be accessed here: EAG Submission

CPAG's Whangarei Branch has also prepared an additional submission focusing on the Northland area.  Please click here: Whangarei Submission