Martin Van Beynen occasionally has a ripper of an article.
This is one of those occasions.
Guess what? Fixing child poverty in New Zealand is not that hard.
Let’s call it the John Minto solution. First, every family with less than a certain income will be brought up to a minimum stipend based on what is required for the family to live comfortably in their location.
If they can’t find good quality accommodation at a reasonable price, maybe because they have a bad credit record or a record of smashing up their previous flats, then the state will provide them with a nice place to live in a nice street at a modest rent.
If they have harmful addictions, those will receive concentrated and long term attention. However long it takes. Tendencies towards crime and violence will be met with counselling and psychiatric help. Any health, including mental health, issues will receive the best specialist care and they will receive 24hr life coaching and advice from trained support staff. Children will receive extra tuition and any proclivities towards anti-social behaviour will be handled at a best practice standard.
If members of the family want to work, they will be guaranteed a meaningful job at a good wage and all the training and support they need. All this help will be provided in a non-judgmental and unconditional way. If they want to have more children, that’s fine too.
Cost? Not relevant.