Posts Tagged ‘Poverty’

Tax, the poverty gap and NZ Comments 0

Friday, May 30th, 2014
Thomas Piketty

At its simplest, the groundbreaking work by French economist Thomas Piketty proves no more than what we thought we already knew: the rich get richer. Whether the poor also get poorer is another matter. What would the taxi driver who took me across Beijing last year in a Toyota tricked out with three smartphones have Read more

UN Secretary-General praises Pope Francis’s commitment Comments 0

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014
Pope Ban Ki-moon resized

The United Nations Secretary-General has told Pope Francis he is counting on the Catholic Church to work with the UN to promote a life of dignity for all. In Rome, Ban Ki-moon hailed the personal commitment by Pope Francis to eradicating poverty and promoting sustainable development. Mr Ban and heads of major UN agencies had Read more

Financial advice won’t pull poor out of poverty Comments 0

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

I was working on a standard-of-living case and was shown figures prepared by an approved budget advisory service for Meg and her daughter Stacey (I have simplified some detail and changed their names). Meg’s chronic health condition ruled out paid employment, so she was on a benefit. The budget recorded the family’s 2012 weekly income Read more

Poverty is not a project Comments 0

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
William Grimm

Do you recall The Great Jubilee Year 2000? For a few years before the turn of the century, almost every statement by a bishop or other church leader or organization contained some paean to the jubilee. The pope had called for it, and so all sorts of people either sincerely or for show acted as Read more

The Salvation Armys lesser known social services Comments 0

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

The Salvation Army is not the only organisation aiming to create a better society but it is the only one with uniforms and a military structure – its members are known as soldiers and have ranks. In Christchurch it has six churches (Belfast, Aranui, Sydenham, Linwood, Moorhouse Ave and Hornby) plus Family Stores selling secondhand Read more

Archbishop Chong – Concessions for foreign investors causing poverty Comments 0

Friday, March 28th, 2014

The Archbishop of Suva, Peter Loy Chong, says the interim Fijian government’s pursuit of foreign investors has contributed to a rise in the country’s poverty rate. Research by social justice advocate Father Kevin Barr indicates that six out of ten Fijians in full-time work are being paid below the poverty line. But the real numbers Read more

Catholic religious challenged to critique market capitalism Comments 0

Friday, March 14th, 2014
FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2008 file photo, a Wall St. street sign is shown in front of the American flag hanging on the New York Stock Exchange in New York. Stocks fell sharply Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009, giving up earlier gains after the Institute for Supply Management said its index of manufacturing activity rose to 52.9 in August, up from 48.9 in July and well above the reading of 50.5 analysts had been expecting. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, file)

Nearly one million Catholic religious priests, brothers and sisters have been challenged to issue critiques of the global market economy based on capitalism. At a recent conference in Rome for treasurers for religious orders, a constant theme was criticism of capitalism. Several speakers denounced it as a “structure of sin” that purposefully does not attend Read more

Truth behind NZ’s sexy global business image Comments 0

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

Economist Brian Easton says New Zealand’s sexy image on the global business stage does not necessarily translate to a better life for those on low incomes, particularly women and children. Easton, who’s recently published a user’s guide to economic inequality, says inequality is difficult to measure. One indicator might show it going up while another Read more