Posts Tagged ‘Child Poverty’

Neoliberalism – the ideology at the root of the world’s problems Comments 0

Friday, April 22nd, 2016
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Imagine if the people of the Soviet Union had never heard of communism. The ideology that dominates our lives has, for most of us, no name. Mention it in conversation and you’ll be rewarded with a shrug. Even if your listeners have heard the term before, they will struggle to define it. Neoliberalism: do you Read more

New rental housing legislation; tenants could be exploited Comments 0

Friday, February 26th, 2016
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Tenants could be exploited under proposed laws requiring rentals to be insulated and have smoke alarms, Catholic advocacy and aid agency Caritas Aotearoa says. Under the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill, (RTA) ceiling and underfloor insulation will need to be retrofitted in social housing by July, and in all other rental homes by July 2019. It Read more

Future prosperity dependent on helping the poor now Comments 0

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016
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With the future welfare and prosperity of our nation dependent on the effective education of our next generation, denying the reality of hardship or poverty in New Zealand is futile and self defeating. While official inflation is under control, housing costs have increased at twice the rate of wages and other incomes. With many families Read more

All children deserve new presents on Christmas Day Comments 0

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015
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The Salvation Army toy appeal co-ordinator says all children deserve new presents on Christmas Day. This has drawn widespread condemnation from detractors shocked at the Salvation Army’s consumer-driven stance, with many saying they will not be supporting their appeal. The Salvation Army’s territorial social services secretary, Pam Waugh, said for many children this would be the Read more

Every week another 300 families ask for food parcels Comments 0

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Every week another 300 families struggling to put food on the table are turning to the Salvation Army for help, the organisation says. In the year to September, it recorded a 7 percent increase in requests for food parcels compared to the previous year – the biggest rise since 2011. In some regions, including Hawke’s Read more

Salvation Army calls for law to ensure housing for children Comments 0

Friday, November 20th, 2015

The Salvation Army’s latest report, Invisible in the SuperCity, was triggered by staff seeing many working families left homeless because their wages couldn’t pay for housing Pauline’s story Pauline has three young children and a baby due in two months. Their rent became too high for her husband’s wages, and the family were left couch-surfing Read more

Family poverty – 26,000 kiwi kids in poverty Comments 0

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015
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This week is Social Justice week. The focus this year is family poverty. Almost a quarter of all New Zealand families with children experience income poverty. 2014 Child Poverty Monitor That means that these families live on less than 60% of New Zealand’s mean income. Only 37% of the adults in these families are in paid Read more

Vinnies and gangs dish out sandwiches to needy children Comments 0

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015
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You may not be surprised to know that the St Vincent de Paul Society in Hamilton has the Loaves & Fishes programme, which takes school lunches to children in 24 Hamilton schools. What may be more of an eye opener is that a local gang is doing the same thing. The Tribal Huks is a Read more

Budget: Some good news but more is needed Comments 0

Friday, May 22nd, 2015
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The Justice and Peace Commission for the Catholic Diocese of Auckland says that Thursday’s Budget offers welcome relief to vulnerable families. They have welcomed in particular the 2016 increases in family benefit rates and Working for Families payments for low income families. They also are pleased that money has been set aside for planting new Read more

Universal benefits challenged Comments 0

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

The Children’s Commissioner wants a rethink of universal services such as pensions and free children’s healthcare so more public spending can go to the neediest families. The commissioner, Hastings children’s doctor Russell Wills, hoped the Budget to start a national “conversation” about how to use limited public spending to best effect. “We need all taxpayers’ Read more