Wed, 15 Feb 2017

Action plan needed to reduce child poverty

Regardless of which child poverty measure is used, figures show up to 90,000 children are at the severe end of the poverty scale and that's unacceptable, Children's Commissioner Justice Andrew Becroft says. He wants the "unproductive debate" around which of four current measures is best used to measure child poverty to be shelved in favour of an action plan to reduce that figure. Justice Becroft told a select committee review of the Children's Commission on Wednesday that it's not widely known the government is already committed to reducing poverty in all forms by half by 2030 as part of the United Nations' International Sustainable Development Goals. Judge Becroft joins Ali Mau

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