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Cut Price Kids A Choice

Published: Mon 15 Nov 2004 11:29 AM
Cut Price Kids A Choice
The Child Poverty Action group has lobbed a grenade into the Labour Party Conference with their criticism of the government's failure to address the growing problem of child poverty.
Lindsay Mitchell, petitioner for a Parliamentary review of the DPB noted, "Their latest report, Cut Price Kids, says government policy is failing the country's poorest 175,000 children. The vast majority of these children are from one parent families dependent on benefits. CPAG's solution is for the government to pay these families more. In the process, making benefits easier to live on, and work even less attractive."
"That would drive an increase in children dependent on the state. In no time at all there would be more calls for more income transfer from those who have no hand in making the choices that result in people becoming single parents."
"Ultimately it is parents who have to take responsibility for their situation and that of their children's. More government assistance will only aggravate what is already a very serious problem."
Lindsay Mitchell petitioner for a Parliamentary review of the DPB forms available from www.liberalvalues.org.nz contact dandl.mitchell@clear.net.nz

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