NZ child poverty increase 'shocking'

child_povertyThe Child Poverty Action Group says that despite the positive spin in the Ministry of Social Development's 2009 Social Report, all is far from rosy.

"The increase in child poverty is shocking and should raise all kinds of questions about our policies for families," said group spokeswoman Susan St John.

The report uses a poverty line based on the CPI adjusted 1998 median household income, she said.

It showed that although the proportion of children in low-income households fell from 29% in 2001 to 16% in 2007, it climbed back up to 20% in 2008.

"In a time of income growth, one expects poverty to decrease on this fixed measure, not increase," St John said.

Using a relative poverty line, the child poverty rate was 22% in 2007 and 28% in 2008.

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