Auckland City Missioner calls for shake-up of govt agencies

The Auckland City Missioner says a report on child poverty is timely, and if the recommendations in it were adopted it would have a significant impact.

However, she says what is ultimately needed is a change in the way government agencies work. The report, commissioned by the Children’s Commissioner and released by an expert advisory group, makes 78 recommendations to help eradicate child poverty.

They include passing on child support to sole parents on benefits, issuing warrants of fitness for rental housing, boosting the Food in Schools programme and offering low-interest loans to low-income families.

Auckland City Missioner Diane Robertson says she welcomes the report, but we need to dig even deeper for solutions.

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