Behind the headlines: welfare reform and no jobs bad news for children
CPAG publishes background papers on matters relevant to our goals and objectives. In 2011, we have produced backgrounders on:
- CPAG comment on economic data going into the 2011 election
- The impact of changes to Working for Families in the 2011 Budget
- Paid Parental Leave
- GST on Food
- The December 2010 Household Labour Force Survey
The full backgrounders can be accessed below.
In the run up to the election there were significant data releases from Statistics New Zealand and the accompanying media releases have painted an upbeat picture of the state of the nation as attention turns from the Rugby World Cup to the election. Donna Wynd comments on this data warning that welfare reform coupled with a lack of jobs will ultimately be bad news for children.
Working for Families (WFF) is an important programme of redistribution to families. The changes announced in the 2011 budget, while subtle and masked with soothing words about ‘gradual change’, move New Zealand in a disturbing direction. Susan St John provides an analysis of these changes.
The introduction of a Paid Parental Leave scheme in Australia on the 1st of January 2011 offers a timely opportunity to compare Australia and New Zealand government-funded financial support for new parents. It also allows for reflection on the different discourses that underlie policy choices in the area of family financial assistance.
GST on food is a hotly debated topic. In this backgrounder CPAG looks at whether removing GST on fresh fruit and veges will achieve its stated aim.
The December 2010 Household Labour Force Survey does not make for happy reading, coming as it does on top of a raft of less than buoyant economic data and the loss of hundreds of jobs in the short time prior to Christmas 2010. CPAG comments on the survey results and draws out the implications for child pvoerty in New Zealand.