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Election 2020: Our policies to eliminate child poverty

To better inform voters and political parties about how the next Government could most effectively reduce child poverty, Child Poverty Action Group is outlining policy recommendations in the areas of income, housing and health

This will be one of our country’s most important elections: in the ongoing COVID-19 uncertainty, will the next Government forget or support our most vulnerable children?

With foresight and commitment, the next Government could guarantee adequate resourcing for all children; alternatively, through neglect, the next Government might allow the crisis of child poverty to continue, or worse, it might enable scenarios of increased poverty and hardship for children to come true.

The COVID-19 crisis brings serious challenges as the paid-work income of many whānau is dramatically reduced in the short and medium term. But it also brings opportunities to implement effective responses to reduce child and whānau poverty and inequality. 

Priority 1: Kia Piki Ake Te Mana Tangata: redesign the income support system to uplift and strengthen the mana of the people, and to protect their rights including ensuring adequate incomes for all whānau and families.

Priority 2: Healthy homes for all - so our children grow up in warm, stable environments. 

Priority 3: A health and disability system that cherishes and supports our children.