Child Poverty Action Group

We got it all wrong. Having no money makes you a criminal

biggestRadio NZ are pushing so many poverty tropes at the moment it is hard to keep up with them all.

The latest one is that poverty makes you a criminal…as well as a dead beat parent.

Some womble do-gooder from University and a left-wing activist with the Child Poverty Action Group thinks Judith Collins is wrong too:

There’s help there for all those who need it, she argues. Well, those who work with struggling families know how much more difficult it is to get the help needed under this government.

Ms Collins’ position is strange, to say the least, because the evidence doesn’t support her and she’s part of a government which says it is committed to evidence and to effective use of knowledge and research to support policies and actions.

Interesting how selective the use of evidence can be.

Studies from around the world tell us several important things about poverty and crime. Poverty is linked with crime. Those who experience poverty are much more likely to be the victims of crime than those in more affluent communities. As a British review of the research noted: “Most children raised in poverty do not become involved in crime, but there are higher victim and fear of crime rates in disadvantaged areas”.

That said, there is good evidence that, compared with their more affluent peers, children brought up in poverty are more likely to be reported as having behavioural problems, more likely to be reported for aggressive and/or risk-taking behaviour, more likely to be excluded from school, more likely to be the victims of criminal behaviour, more likely to grow up in communities with limited social and recreational opportunities and facilities.

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Simon Collins? wet dream: a budget that doesn?t fix child poverty

Simon Collins has had his wet dreams realised. A budget that doesn’t fix child poverty.

Especially since child poverty is defined as a percentage of the median wage, it is practically unsolvable….which allows him to pimp some more poor whinging bludgers.

Child poverty advocates say the Budget provides no relief for families struggling to cope with high rents and low incomes.

Interesting term…’child poverty advocates’…are they really in favour of child poverty?

Child Poverty Action Group economist Dr Susan St John said she was hoping for improvements in housing subsidies and family tax credits, but the Budget provided neither of them.

Instead, the Government is quietly implementing changes announced in 2011 to lower the income limit for the maximum family tax credits from $36,827 to $35,000 a year, and to raise the rate at which the credits are reduced from 20c to 25c for every extra dollar earned above the limit. ? Read more »

Working for Families ?about encouraging parents to work more?

I’ve always said that Working for Families was middle class welfare and you know it is true when the whingers collective starts moaning about how the government gives with one hand but takes with the other.

There seems to be a core belief that this is an entitlement and should forever remain.

The Child Poverty Action Group is calling for a radical overhaul of support to low income families to improve the lives of the poorest children.

The group said constant tinkering to the Working for Families scheme meant the policy was no longer about lifting children out of poverty, but about encouraging parents to work more.

There were fears that more changes due to come into force in April would also leave more families struggling.

Last year 381,000 families received Working for Families payments, down 11 percent compared to five years ago.

Over the same period, spending on the scheme has fallen 12 percent to $2.5 billion last year. Inland Revenue estimated the scheme would cost $2.4 billion this year.

Social Services Minister Anne Tolley said fewer families needed help because incomes were rising.

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When Charters help it’s “Freebies” …

…but when a State schools does it Child Poverty Action?Group?has them “removing financial barriers to education”.

South Auckland Middle School?and the about to be opened Middle School West Auckland?have been criticised by the Left and teacher unions for:

– providing free uniform.

– providing free stationery.

– charging no donations.

They manage to do this after receiving 1/20 of a State school set-up fund and operating on decile 3 funding. ?? Read more »

“Child Poverty Action Group” inadvertently advocate for Charter Schools

The Child Poverty Action Group has a range of ivory tower types who do the odd bit of research and then say all problem solving is up to the government. Families are responsible for nothing but are simply victims of socio-economics.

Their latest outburst is for Massey University long-term trough muncher John O’Neil telling the country the all teachers in lower decile schools are not doing their job.

He effectively calls them no better than useless – not a popular man I would have thought – unless you are looking for an excuse.

They have forgotten that compulsory schooling up to 16 years of age is there to break cycles – not accept them.

O’Neil starts with:

“You cannot allow today’s generation of children to suffer because of some political argument that teachers need to do better.”

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Busting the poverty pimps

Our media loves to pimp the poor and tell us stories about poverty. The same happens in the UK and like here they get busted every time.

The latest poster child for the perils of poverty has just been busted for being a stupid cow.

This week, a charity called Church Action On Poverty launched a poster campaign that says ?Britain Isn?t Eating?, mocking the Tories? famous 1979 election campaign poster ?Britain Isn?t Working? that helped Margaret Thatcher to victory.

This time, the charity claims, the long queues are not for the dole office, but for food banks. ?Thousands are going hungry because of benefits changes,? it protests.

I thought of those posters when I read the story of Katie McGill, a 28-year-old unemployed single mum.

In an interview this week, Katie claimed her benefits payments soon won?t leave her enough to buy food and basic necessities for her two children.

Another victim of ?cruel Tory cuts?? Hardly.

This Christmas, Katie gave her two children Mya-Renee, three, and Calvin, eight, two new bikes, TVs, DVDs and numerous computer games ? all paid for after she took out eight payday loans that have left her ?3,000 in debt.

The result? The repayments mean she?ll have no money left over from her welfare cheques to feed her children. Another candidate for the food banks, then.

Now, I realise that not all families in need have been as foolish as Katie ? and that there are thousands who have fallen on hard times through no fault of their own, and who, with the cost of living soaring, are in genuine need. But I also suspect that there are a lot of self-indulgent and irresponsible fools like Katie. ? Read more »

Poor people are useless

I have never been a fan of Jamie Oliver, but I find I have developed a new found respect for him. Basically he is saying the poor in Britain are useless fools.

The funny thing is he was hired by the former Labour government. Bet they aren’t to pleased by how that has turned out.

Jamie Oliver has sparked a row after saying he found it hard to talk about modern day poverty when he came across British families living on junk food while spending money on expensive TV sets.

The celebrity chef, who was enlisted by the Labour Government to improve the quality of school meals, has now rounded on the British working class diet.

Oliver recalled being appalled by the diet of a British family who lived on a diet of junk food, but still had the money for consumer goods.

“You might remember that scene in Ministry Of Food, with the mum and the kid eating chips and cheese out of styrofoam containers, and behind them is a massive TV. It just didn’t weigh up,? he said.

“The fascinating thing for me is that seven times out of 10, the poorest families in this country choose the most expensive way to hydrate and feed their families. The ready meals, the convenience foods.”

This was in stark contrast to other parts of the world ? such as Italy ? where economically deprived families still managed to enjoy a healthy diet.

“I meet people who say, ‘You don’t understand what it’s like.’ I just want to hug them and teleport them to the Sicilian street cleaner who has 25 mussels, 10 cherry tomatoes, and a packet of spaghetti for 60 pence, and knocks out the most amazing pasta,? said Oliver, 38, whose own wealth is estimated at ?150 million.

?You go to Italy or Spain and they eat well on not much money. We’ve missed out on that in Britain, somehow.” he said in an interview in the Radio Times.? Read more »

Has the same situation developed in NZ?

Helen Clark and her legion of mongs left behind a toxic legacy of placemen and women throughout the civil service, NGO?s quasi-charities and public bodies whose sole aim seems to be to poo-finger our John Key led government at every turn.

From leaks to obstruction and distorted complaining we seem to be suffering from the effects of? the Fabian playbook about what socialists should do to slow things down when the public tire of them and elect adults to fix the wreckage. National meanwhile are too afraid to risk public ire for appointing their own people to boards, instead knee-capping them at every opportunity. Thankfully some of that attitude has declined with the political demise of Simon Power.

Britain?s charities and quangos are now stuffed to the gunwales with Labour placemen

Only now, long after the election, do we begin to realise how clever Gordon Brown really was. After the crash, in his last two years in office, he started preparing for a new kind of Opposition. Labour might be turfed out of government, but it could carry on the fight through charities, quangos and think tanks. At one stage, Brown had a team in Downing Street devoted to appointments in public bodies, carefully building what would become a kind of government-in-exile. And if the Tories tried anything radical ? like welfare reform ? then Labour?s new fifth columnists would strike.

We saw this yesterday, when Iain Duncan Smith trailed a speech about welfare and poverty. A now familiar welcoming committee rose up early to greet him. The Child Poverty Action Group declared that there are no jobs to be had, so why punish those on welfare? A revered charity, Save the Children, has identified government cuts as a major threat to British children. Even the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children warns that the ?most vulnerable? children are ?bearing the brunt? of Cameron?s cuts. And hearing them all, who would your average listener believe: a politician, or a charity worker?

But these charities are not the kindly tin-rattlers they were. In 2008, Brown changed the rules so charities could join political campaigns. In theory, they could support any party ? but as Brown knew, not many would use these powers to demand smaller taxes. It was a masterstroke. The charities sharpened their claws by hiring former Labour apparatchiks. Save the Children is now run by Justin Forsyth, Brown?s ex-strategy chief. The NSPCC has hired Peter Watt, a former Labour general secretary. Damian McBride is working for Cafod. Britain?s charities are nurturing a colourful, talented and efficient anti-Tory alliance.

An early Christmas present

Willie Apiata, VCOn the weekend our family had an early Christmas celebration for two reasons, my sister and her family are over from Australia and Mum and Dad are going to Korea this year for Christmas with my brother and his family.

I haven’t seen my niece in ages and when she arrived she leapt into my arms. Just wonderful. I then had to be piggy backer for the rest of the afternoon.

Anyway after out traditinal Christmas dinner we had the presents. With three kids there it was nigh on impossible to not open anything.

I got the book about Willie Apiata, VC.

I started reading it on Sunday and have nearly finished it. I have been loathe to put it down. It is amazing though reading the book and recognising a great many of the people mentioned in the book, people I have met and enjoyed meeting. I also found out that my time in the TF and his have crossed over, though we never met.

When I was at university I was in D Coy, 6 Hauraki. Willie Apiata, VC was in B Company, 6 Hauraki. Same battalion, different companies. One of the people he credits for keeping hiim on the straight and narrow was Reuben Parkinson, the father of Reuben and Matua Parkinson. I met Reuben Parkinson and went on a 4 day horse trek with him, his dogs and two boys the courts had sent to Reuben to be straightened out, up the Raukokore River, the very same areas that Willie Apiata went hunting. Willie Apiata, VC also lived in an around Te Kaha, Opotiki and Whanrua Bay. Reuben Parkinson is now dead but I will long the remember that hunting trip, swimming rivers on horseback and the stories around the campfire. This is perhaps one of the most beautiful parts of the country and I recognised all the rivers and places mentioned. I love it around there especially as my wife’s family have strong connections to Opotiki and surrounding districts. It was uncanny reading about people I have heard talked about.

Willie Apiata, VC is only 4 years younger than me but has fitted in a great deal into his life. What strikes me is just how down to earth kiwi bloke he is and that comes across in the book. This guy isn’t fazed by anything and just gets on with it.

The sad part about the book is it makes you realise just what New Zealand has lost in the cities. We need more people like Willie Apiata, VC. He is a true Kiwi Hero.