Friday 24 August 2012, 3:23PM
Media release from CPAG
Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says the Ministry of Social
Development's latest household income report confirms the urgent
need for attention to incomes and housing for families with
The report shows that the slight improvement in the Gini
coefficient (a measure of income inequality) of last year has been
reversed, and that income inequality remains a major problem in New
CPAG spokesperson Alan Johnson says that the report clearly shows
rates of hardship for children have been climbing since the onset
of the global financial crisis in 2007.
"Despite claiming to be addressing child poverty, these figures
clearly show children have been left behind by this government.
After 5 years, it is evident that the little growth we have had
enjoyed has not benefited the most needy.
"Not only are children suffering the most, but families on low and
middle incomes are going backwards, signalling an increase the
depth of poverty. As poverty deepens it becomes more entrenched and
much harder to fix. These figures show that the incomes of those at
the bottom must increase as a matter of urgency," said Mr
CPAG says the Greens' Bill to extend the In-Work Tax Credit is an
opportunity for all political parties to come together to make a
commitment to improving incomes for the poorest households, and
reducing New Zealand's growing inequality.
"The government has a Children's Results Action Plan. It should
include concrete measures to improve incomes and housing for
children. Its own figures show the need for this is now
"The report is long and detailed, and will take time to digest. We
will be considering the implications of the findings over the next
few days," concluded Mr Johnson.