Tuesday, May 14, 2013

National acts on child poverty?

Stuff reports that child poverty will be a surprise focus in Thursday's Budget, with possible moves on food in schools and on family tax credits (they also seem to be extending income-related rents to the social housing sector, having spent years denouncing them as "communism", though that comes as part of a wider divestment strategy which will see the government dump more of the job on charities, which isn't so good).

Good. As the Children's Commissioner's Expert Advisory Group showed, child poverty costs us between $6 and $8 billion per year. Spending money on reducing it is a saving, not a cost; an investment in our future, not waste. And if National has finally acknowledged that and is going to do something (however small), then they deserve some credit for it.