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Public spending needs to do more for Kiwi kids

Fri, 26 May 2017 16:43:30 +1200 | Barnardos

Barnardos says Budget 2017 will help some children, but more needs to be done so that all New Zealand children benefit from public spending. More >>

Budget 2017 good news for Kiwi kids

Fri, 26 May 2017 14:45:39 +1200 | Office of the Children's Commissioner

The Family Incomes Package revealed in Budget 2017 has been welcomed by the Children’s Commissioner as good news for children living in families experiencing severe poverty. More >>

Lines outside WINZ show Budgets fail to address poverty

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:33:39 +1200 | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Every Friday at Clendon Work and Income people and whānau line up to see a AAAP advocate so that they can get basic welfare entitlements denied to them by their own offices.More >>

Gordon Campbell on yesterday’s Budget

Fri, 26 May 2017 12:13:13 +1200 | Gordon Campbell

I t may seem like Oliver to be so bold as to ask the Finance Minister for more gruel – but what the Dickens, Steven Joyce… is this Budget really as good as it gets? Supposedly, the public was going to receive significant rewards – an election year ...More >>

Budget 2017: A trickle not a tide

Thu, 25 May 2017 20:10:19 +1200 | Child Poverty Action Group

Budget 2017: A trickle not a tide Source: Child Poverty Action Group -- The Budget announced today shows some slight change in the weather for families in poverty, but it is not the sea change that is required for many, says Child Poverty Action ...More >>

Budget 2017 - Delivering for New Zealand

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:47:19 +1200 | New Zealand National Party

The National-led Government has today presented a budget that ensure all New Zealanders share in the benefits of our growing economy. More >>

Social Investment approach is about punishment

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:43:19 +1200 | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Social Investment is about punishing the poor and reducing spending, not investing in social services and improving social outcomes. More >>

Accommodation Supplement increase is a con job

Thu, 25 May 2017 16:17:46 +1200 | Auckland Action Against Poverty

Increases in the Accommodation Supplement (AS) means an equal deduction from Temporary Additional Support (TAS). More >>

Budget 2017 provides more assurance for kids in care

Thu, 25 May 2017 15:23:27 +1200 | Office of the Children's Commissioner

Media release – Budget 2017 provides more assurance for kids in care 25 May 2017 More funding for independent monitoring has been hailed by the Children’s Commissioner as a significant step forward for children in the care and protection and youth justice ...More >>

Budget 2017 - Something for (almost) everyone

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:21:13 +1200 | PwC

Budget 2017 has brought something for everyone, with wide-ranging spending for families and infrastructure two areas that are seeing the most investment. “Minister of Finance Stephen Joyce’s first budget finally reaps the rewards of the Government’s ...More >>

Budget 2017 – Consumer spending a winner from Family Income

Thu, 25 May 2017 14:20:17 +1200 | PwC

The Government announced today a Family Incomes Package to support New Zealand families, giving families more after-tax income to spend on goods and services in the coming years. More >>

Budget 2017: What does “Social Investment” really mean?

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:42:09 +1200 | The Policy Observatory

Media Advisory Budget 2017: What does “Social Investment” really mean? Julienne Molineaux, Director of The Policy Observatory, interviews Simon Chapple More >>

Alfred Ngaro might be sorry – but to whom?

Wed, 24 May 2017 16:34:58 +1200 | New Zealand Labour Party

The fact that the number of people classified as homeless on the Social Housing Register has doubled over the past year alone should be the real reason for Alfred Ngaro’s recent apologies, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni.More >>

Government’s data-for-funding backdown embarrassing

Wed, 24 May 2017 15:54:06 +1200 | New Zealand Labour Party

The Government’s U-turn on their shambolic attempt to collect private client data from social services is an embarrassment for a senior Minister, says Labour’s Social Development spokesperson Carmel Sepuloni.More >>

Support The Greater Wellington Pick Me Up!

Wed, 24 May 2017 12:15:58 +1200 | Wellington City Mission

Support the City Mission’s Winter Appeal when you buy your next caffeine pick-me-up! More >>

Council scoops two awards for its social housing

Wed, 24 May 2017 11:28:07 +1200 | Wellington City Council

Wellington City Council’s social housing department, City Housing, recently won two awards at the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) regional awards for the refurbishment of the Kotuku Apartments in Kilbirnie.More >>

Early puberty linked to growing up in poorer homes

Wed, 24 May 2017 09:22:02 +1200 | Murdoch Children's Research Institute - MCRI

Children from disadvantaged households are more likely to hit puberty early and could face poorer health later in life as a result, an Australian study has shown. More >>

Families must feature in Budget 2017

Tue, 23 May 2017 21:25:28 +1200 | Child Poverty Action Group

Families must feature in Budget 2017 Source: Child Poverty Action Group -- In 2017 far too many families have neither a warm safe home nor sufficient money after rent for necessities to enable their children to thrive. CPAG expects changes to Working ...More >>

Housing and healthcare the clear cut top priorities

Tue, 23 May 2017 12:50:13 +1200 | Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand

New poll – housing and healthcare the clear cut top priorities for Kiwis ahead of Budget An exclusive new poll has revealed the top issues New Zealanders believe the Government must address inThursday’s Budget. It also gives insights into attitudes ...More >>

Government response to suicide miss-placed

Tue, 23 May 2017 12:41:51 +1200 | Closing The Gap

The current debate about high levels of suicide in New Zealand misses the point says Peter Malcolm, National Secretary of Income Inequality Aotearoa New Zealand Inc—Closing the Gap.More >>