The latest: Preventing, Mitigating or Solving Child Income Poverty?

As well as producing high quality independant research, CPAG provides shorter peices of commentary on issues related to child poverty. Many of these are also published in print media and online.

Preventing, Mitigating or Solving Child Income Poverty? 

In March 2012, the Expert Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty (EAG) was established by the Children’s Commissioner to make recommendations that, if not fully ‘solving’ child poverty, would realistically reduce and mitigate its effects.  The advice was to inform the Ministerial Committee on Poverty, whose focus was specifically on tangible gains ‘getting value for money in a tight economic climate.  Assoc Prof Susan St John takes a closer look at the EAG's final report in the May Issue of Policy Quarterly.  Read the full article here.


Tax break penalises poorest kids

Assoc Prof Nikki Turner in the Dominion Post, 28 May 2013. We have universal, non-judgmental support for our elderly. Policies for our children are highly targeted and discriminatory. This is our choice as a country, despite the fact it flies in the face of all logic when the greatest gains long term are likely to be from investment in the early years. The Child Poverty Action Group has been pursuing the issue of discrimination against our poorest children since 2008.  Read the full article here.


Lets have policies for all children

Assoc Prof Susan St John in The New Zealand Herald, 17 March 2013.  It's time business leaders took Govt to task over programmes that fail to address problem of child poverty.It may have been possible some time ago to bury our heads in the sand and ignore the prevalence of child poverty in New Zealand. That time has well and truly past. Today, many new voices are adding to the demand that "something be done". Recently, on this page Allan Freeth took a step outside the corporate mould and challenged business leaders to see that "their behaviour suggests that they do not care enough about our youth and children". Such business leaders should be holding the Government to account for failing to ensure that policies to address child poverty are actually working.  Read the full article here.