'There shouldn't be politics in child poverty.' - Labour asks National for child poverty support


Jacinda Ardern wants Bill English's support for the Government's new child poverty legislation.

The Prime Minister joined The AM Show to discuss plans to combat child proverty.

We are reaching out, we will do a bit of consultation with the Opposition and see if we can get some support from them.

"This is the kind of thing that if it only happens with electoral cycles, we won't see the long-term gains."

Ms Ardern, who is also Minister for Child Poverty Reduction, is expected to reveal legislation that will require the Government of the day to set targets for reducing child poverty.

By not putting the targets themselves in law, she hopes to get support from National - and has drafted a letter for former Prime Minister Bill English telling him how the legislation will work.

Watch the full interview with Jacinda Ardern above. 

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