Families Package to aid ‘disastrous increase’ in charity demands


The new Government has confirmed it will spend $5.53b over the next four years to help low-income families and aim to cut the child poverty rate in half.

Labour’s Families Income Package will see around 384,000 households get an average of $75 extra per week.

Child Poverty Action Group spokesperson Susan St John joins The AM Show to discuss the announcement.

We’ve got a government that is prepared to put children at the centre.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told RadioLIVE’s Ali Mau yesterday that the package is aimed at lifting Kiwi kids out of poverty, with the changes coming into force from 1 July 2018.

Ms St John sees this as a step in the right direction.

“If families don’t have enough money to budget, then there’s no point in giving them budgeting services,” says Ms St John.

“There’s been a disastrous increase in the demand for charities to help these families,” she says. “That’s no way to run the economy.”

Watch the full interview with Susan St John above. 

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