Budget 2016: Not the New Zealand we want
CPAG endorsed the Government’s stated commitment to improve the lives of all vulnerable children, however found that it had failed dismally with the 2016 Budget announcement. CPAG asked for meaningful policies for incomes in this budget but there is nothing in this budget for families with children. When so many New Zealand families are in crisis and children are bearing the brunt this budget does nothing. Children were mentioned in the context of there being 40,000 fewer living in benefit-dependent households, though the claim is meaningless with the evidence that so many more families are clearly needing food banks and other social services.
Download the 2016 Budget Analysis summary here.