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Child Poverty is Family Poverty Says NZ First

Asenati Lole-Taylor MP

Spokesperson for Social Policy
9 December 2013

Child Poverty is Family Poverty Says NZ First

New Zealand First says child poverty is really another name for family poverty and the Government must stop making an alarming situation even worse.

This follows the Children’s Commissioner’s report that shows one in four children remain mired in poverty and about one in six are going without basic necessities such as not having a bed, delaying a doctor's visit or missing out on meals.

It also shows increasing hospital admissions for children with medical conditions linked to poverty.

“This report shows the Government is neglecting its basic responsibility of protecting its most vulnerable citizens,” says Social policy spokesperson Asenati Lole Taylor.

“If you look closely at a child mired in poverty you will see a family mired in poverty. You cannot separate this most basic fact. As usual Maori and Pacific children are hardest hit.

“While the Government boasts about its economic feats and a so-called brighter future it is grinding the faces of the poor into the dirt and helping the very rich get even richer.”

She says the most unfortunate aspect of government policy is the way the poor are blamed for their fate while factories and businesses close and jobs are sent overseas.

“Someone must be held accountable for this appalling situation but it is up to all of us to help fix it urgently.

“We will support any government move to help ease the poverty problems and we suggest the first step is for the parties that make up the Government to get out of the denial syndrome.

“The first thing is to ensure the food banks and welfare groups don’t run out of resources while the Government and its mates sip Christmas cocktails in their usual plush surroundings,” says Mrs Lole Taylor.

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