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No ‘secure future’ for children in poverty this budget

Each year, shortly after the Government’s Budget is published, Child Poverty Action Group provides its analysis of some of the details contained in various budget papers. This analysis seeks to do two things – to critically examine budget figures in order to gain an appreciation of the Budget’s implications for children and to publish this analysis as an alternative interpretation to that offered by mainstream media. 

Analysis

Read our analysis of Budget 2022

Media

As Labour again fails to address the housing crisis, our most vulnerable suffer, The Spinoff, Alan Johnson, CPAG Housing Spokesperson

Poverty groups disappointed by budget, RNZ Morning Report, Prof Innes Asher, CPAG Health Spokesperson.

Budget event 2022

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CPAG Western Bay of Plenty presentation by Alan Johnson 

Press Release

Despite some positive steps, this year’s Budget represents a failed opportunity to bravely address child poverty, says the Child Poverty Action Group.

We all want to see children thrive, yet families locked into poverty will not see any relief from this year's budget.

Of the child poverty reduction initiatives announced by the Government today, two were announced in last year's budget.  Many families in the deepest poverty won't be eligible to receive the new Cost of Living payment, leaving them with nothing extra, at a time when the cost of groceries and other essentials are soaring. 

While there are some important changes overall, the budget contains few significant initiatives to address child poverty, despite the obvious pressures being faced by the poorest families”. CPAG Health spokesperson Professor Innes Asher says

“While it’s encouraging to see large investments in healthcare, this needs to go hand in hand with other initiatives to reduce child poverty, especially for disabled children,” says CPAG Health spokesperson Professor Innes Asher. “While there is large investment into services, there is limited direct relief for families”

“The Government said this Budget is about Health. Poverty is one of the biggest determinants of health and wellbeing. We were hoping for something brave.”