Phil O’Reilly: child poverty affects us all

Recently an expert advisory group made some recommendations for tackling child poverty. I’m a member of the advisory group and took part in its work because business has a clear interest in this issue – child poverty affects us all.

Some of the advisory group’s interim recommendations were quite specific – on things like benefit payments and affordable housing – while others were more general, aimed at improving the wider environment so child poverty becomes less likely.

For example: ensuring there are enough quality early childhood education services available to allow parents to find and keep work, and ensuring workplaces are child-friendly so parents can combine parenting with the income paid work provides. Read more


Phil O’Reilly is chief executive of BusinessNZ and a member of the Expert Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty.

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