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CPAG: Poverty burden for children increased due to Government neglect

July 30, 2021 at 12:22 PM

From Child Poverty Action Group

Poverty, inequity, homelessness and food insecurity are among the burdens which increased for tamariki Māori and other children in the first year of Covid-19 - partially due to Government neglect, according to a Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) report released today.

"Caring for families should be at the heart of decision-making but our children did not get the prioritisation nor policy outcomes they needed in 2020," said report co-author and CPAG researcher Janet McAllister. "It is thanks to the collective efforts of iwi, hapū, community organisations, schools, whānau and families - and low-income children themselves - that the crisis of poverty was not even worse."

An additional 18,000 children were probably pushed into poverty in the 12 months to March 2021, even without taking rising housing costs into account, according to new modelling in the report, entitled The first year of Covid-19: Initial outcomes of our collective care for low-income children in Aotearoa New Zealand .

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