Government getting bashed with child poverty stats because it is an ungettable target

Whilst explaining is losing, when it comes to “child poverty” every government is going to be losing when it comes to trying to explain that the whole pretence is a joke.

The government has made a concerted effort to address all of the issues that contribute to child hardship, according to Social Development Minister Anne Tolley.

Mrs Tolley was responding to the annual child poverty report released today by the Children’s Commissioner, which said almost a third of the country’s children now lived in poverty – an increase of 45,000 since last year.

Mrs Tolley said there was a significant number of children living in conditions that were worse than what the government would want and it did have to take notice of that.

She said that was why the government had lifted the benefit by $25 a week, increased working for families and child care assistant rates, as well as other supporting other initiatives like free doctors’ visits for under 13s.  

One of the government’s big pushes was to get people off benefits, she said.

“Over the last three years we’ve seen over 42,000 fewer children living in those very low income benefit-dependent families, so I think it’s been a very concerted effort by government to address right across all the complex areas that contribute to child hardship,” Mrs Tolley said.

No matter what the government does to alleviate “child poverty” it won’t ever make a dent in the statistics because the measure is designed to always have people in “poverty”.

It is utter rubbish that a third of all children live in poverty. By basing their statistics on 60 percent of median income there will always be people in the artificial construct of “poverty” that this measure creates.

But hey, no matter, what comes around goes around, and eventually the same stick will be used to beat a Labour government with…sometime after 2020.


– Radio NZ

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