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New report shows four out of five people have had negative experiences at WINZ

By   /  November 9, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Activist Organisations, AM-NC, Child Poverty Action Group, Children and Wellbeing, DJF, KB, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons  /  Comments Off on New report shows four out of five people have had negative experiences at WINZ

Source: Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) 08 November 2018 Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) and ActionStation welcome the Government’s vision for “a welfare system … that ensures people have an adequate income and standard of living, [and] are treated with, and can live in dignity and are able to participate meaningfully in their communities” (Welfare […]

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Government on the right track to making education more inclusive

By   /  November 7, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Activist Organisations, AM-NC, Child Poverty Action Group, Children and Wellbeing, DJF, KB, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons  /  Comments Off on Government on the right track to making education more inclusive

Source: Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) 07 November 2018 The 600 new support staff for schools announced by the Ministry of Education over the weekend is a welcome advance for children in Aotearoa, and one that could not come soon enough considering the latest OECD stats on education inequality, says Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG). […]

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Important questions from an advocate at the coalface

By   /  November 1, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Activist Organisations, AM-NC, Child Poverty Action Group, Children and Wellbeing, DJF, KB, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons  /  Comments Off on Important questions from an advocate at the coalface

Source: Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) Another young woman. As she sits down she burst into tears. ‘I’ve been too scared to come to WINZ.’ She had missed an appointment with a caseworker as she had a sick child whom she had taken to the doctor. She had been unable to contact Work and Income […]

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Tax Working Group: Importance of Working for Families recognised, but problems not addressed

By   /  October 31, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Activist Organisations, AM-NC, Child Poverty Action Group, Children and Wellbeing, DJF, KB, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons  /  Comments Off on Tax Working Group: Importance of Working for Families recognised, but problems not addressed

Source: Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) 31 October 2018 Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) welcomes recognition by the Tax Working Group (TWG) that Working for Families (WFF) provides vital tax transfers to low-income families to offset high taxes on low incomes and make taxes fairer. Working for Families tax credits have been labelled recently as […]

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Rental reform proposal offers little more than minor modifications

By   /  October 25, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Activist Organisations, AM-NC, Child Poverty Action Group, Children and Wellbeing, DJF, KB, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons  /  Comments Off on Rental reform proposal offers little more than minor modifications

Source: Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) 25 October 2018 Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) welcomes the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development’s (MHUD) intention to reform the outdated Residential Tenancies Act, but stated in a submission to the MHUD that the proposals put forth don’t go far enough to provide tenants the kind of protection […]

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It’s time for the punitive, stigmatising nature of welfare to change

By   /  October 19, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Activist Organisations, AM-NC, Child Poverty Action Group, Children and Wellbeing, DJF, KB, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons  /  Comments Off on It’s time for the punitive, stigmatising nature of welfare to change

Source: Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) 19 October 2018 Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) welcomes the Privacy Commissioner inquiry into the Ministry of Social Development’s (MSD) investigative practices and joins the AAAP’s call for the department to end cruel and invasive practices that can have devastating impacts on children. “In particular, the watchdog approach that […]

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KiwiBuy could provide security to low-income families

By   /  October 18, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Activist Organisations, AM-NC, Child Poverty Action Group, Children and Wellbeing, DJF, KB, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons  /  Comments Off on KiwiBuy could provide security to low-income families

Source: Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) 18 October 2018 Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says that a broad sweep of new housing programmes is required to reduce the reliance on an increasingly unaffordable and unreliable private rental market. The Salvation Army’s new report, Beyond Renting says that changes in the private rental market mean that […]

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World Food Day: Fill tummies, grow minds and have #ZeroHunger in NZ

By   /  October 16, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Activist Organisations, AM-NC, Child Poverty Action Group, Children and Wellbeing, DJF, KB, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons  /  Comments Off on World Food Day: Fill tummies, grow minds and have #ZeroHunger in NZ

Source: Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) On World Food Day, let’s really talk about about securing #ZeroHunger schools in New Zealand where every child is nutritiously fed at every school every day, as a right. Today is World Food Day when the United Nations promotes worldwide action for those who suffer from hunger and for […]

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Ngā Tangata Microfinance – Loan shark net tightens, but holes still remain

By   /  October 15, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Activist Organisations, AM-NC, Child Poverty Action Group, Children and Wellbeing, DJF, KB, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons  /  Comments Off on Ngā Tangata Microfinance – Loan shark net tightens, but holes still remain

Source: Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) 15 October 2018 Ngā Tangata Microfinance (NTM) welcomes the new measures announced by Minister for Commerce and Consumer Affairs Kris Faafoi, that will strengthen the net of protection for vulnerable consumers in the Credit Contracts and Consumer Finance Act (CCCFA). The reforms of 2015 and the introduction of a Responsible […]

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About that Winter Energy Payment – Mary Mowbray

By   /  October 8, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Activist Organisations, Child Poverty Action Group, Children and Wellbeing, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons  /  Comments Off on About that Winter Energy Payment – Mary Mowbray

Source: Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) Why some struggling families miss out on the Government’s Winter Energy Payment over winter, while many over-65s not in need get it automatically? Mary Mowbray, long-time member of Child Poverty Action Groups Wellington contingent says there is definitely a proportion of those who are “not in need.” This week is […]

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Cross party support for Child Poverty Reduction Bill welcomed by children’s advocacy community

By   /  October 8, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Activist Organisations, Child Poverty Action Group, Children and Wellbeing, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons  /  Comments Off on Cross party support for Child Poverty Reduction Bill welcomed by children’s advocacy community

Source: Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) 04 October 2018 The cross party support for the Child Poverty Reduction Bill is a significant step forward for children and young people in Aotearoa-New Zealand. “It is a great result to have agreement across the House that more needs to be done to ensure all our families can […]

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About that energy payment – Mary Mowbray

By   /  October 4, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Activist Organisations, Child Poverty Action Group, Children and Wellbeing, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons  /  Comments Off on About that energy payment – Mary Mowbray

Source: Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) This week is the last full amount of the winter energy payment to all those receiving a main government benefit. Controversially the recipients included New Zealand Superannuitants*. Early on the disapproving commentary went that this payment goes to some in the richest group in New Zealand. Having worked on […]

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Launch of the Greens campaign on welfare reform – Susan St John

By   /  October 1, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Activist Organisations, Child Poverty Action Group, Children and Wellbeing, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons  /  Comments Off on Launch of the Greens campaign on welfare reform – Susan St John

Source: Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) Congratulations to the Green Party for their initiative that calls for an overhaul of the welfare system which is no longer ‘fit for purpose’.  2018 offers a unique opportunity to get meaningful change – but it will only happen If civil society campaigns vigorously for it. Alongside the Greens […]

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Green Party campaign for welfare reform welcomed by CPAG

By   /  October 1, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Activist Organisations, Child Poverty Action Group, Children and Wellbeing, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons  /  Comments Off on Green Party campaign for welfare reform welcomed by CPAG

Source: Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) 01 October 2018 Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) welcomes the Green Party campaign “to put the heart back into our social support system”. The campaign supports the need for a more supportive and compassionate welfare system, that ensures beneficiaries and their children are able to achieve an adequate standard […]

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Green Party welfare campaign welcomed by CPAG

By   /  October 1, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Activist Organisations, Child Poverty Action Group, Children and Wellbeing, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons  /  Comments Off on Green Party welfare campaign welcomed by CPAG

Source: Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) 01 October 2018 Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) welcomes the Green Party campaign “to put the heart back into our social support system”, which supports the need for a more supportive and compassionate welfare system, that ensures beneficiaries and their children are able to achieve an adequate standard of […]

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Fill a hungry belly or meet nutritional guides? The impossible choices facing low-income families.

By   /  September 25, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Activist Organisations, Child Poverty Action Group, Children and Wellbeing, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons  /  Comments Off on Fill a hungry belly or meet nutritional guides? The impossible choices facing low-income families.

Source: Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) People need access to resources in order to feed themselves and their families. Resources include having the time and energy to prepare and cook meals, money for groceries, and suitably-located shops and supermarkets. Where people have physical, social and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food which meets […]

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Recommendations to make “Welfare Fit for Families” in the 21st Century

By   /  September 21, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Activist Organisations, Child Poverty Action Group, Children and Wellbeing, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons  /  Comments Off on Recommendations to make “Welfare Fit for Families” in the 21st Century

Source: Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) 21 September 2018 Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) welcomes the Government’s 12 priorities for a “modern and prosperous New Zealand”. Among these, the priority for “making New Zealand the best place in the world to be a child” is evidence of the Government’s commitment to putting children’s wellbeing at […]

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A more supportive welfare system will benefit the whole nation: CPAG Summit 2018

By   /  September 7, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Activist Organisations, Child Poverty Action Group, Children and Wellbeing, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons  /  Comments Off on A more supportive welfare system will benefit the whole nation: CPAG Summit 2018

Source: Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) 07 September 2018 It is widely acknowledged that there are inadequacies in the current design of the Welfare System in Aotearoa-New Zealand. Welfare payment levels and tax credits are too low to adequately support low-income families. Policy changes over the past three decades have seen benefits subjected to outright […]

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CPAG launches Welfare fit for Families campaign

By   /  September 6, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Activist Organisations, Child Poverty Action Group, Children and Wellbeing, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons  /  Comments Off on CPAG launches Welfare fit for Families campaign

Source: Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) 06 September 2018 What will it take to ensure that all children living in Aotearoa-New Zealand have all their wellbeing needs met? Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) says when families fall on hard times, they still need to have enough money to meet all their basic needs. Sufficient income […]

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Money Week 2018: Weathering a perpetual storm

By   /  September 4, 2018  /  24-7, 24/7 News, Activist Organisations, Child Poverty Action Group, Children and Wellbeing, Lobby Groups, MIL NZ OSI, New Zealand, New Zealand Associations and Organisaitons  /  Comments Off on Money Week 2018: Weathering a perpetual storm

Source: Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) ‘Money week’ is like birthdays and Christmas – they are not something you look forward to if you don’t have any money. No-one can save if they can only afford to pay the rent if they pay that first every week, and limit the time they run the heater […]

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