This week saw the release of yet another report on the appalling state of child poverty in NZ – State of the Nation 2016 report. Here’s coverage on Newshub – New report criticises Govt targets as ineffective
The Salvation Army has released its latest State of the Nation report today, and it says while there have been improvements in some social areas, it’s sometimes just because of targets being changed rather than actual improvement.
The report is titled ‘Moving Targets’ — referring to both the need to re-evaluate targets as time passes, to acknowledge process, but also criticising how some Government agencies may be altering targets to make the results look better.
“Targets are crucial for achieving meaningful social progress,” says report author Alan Johnson. “As a country, we need targets that are aspirational and courageous if we are to tackle issues like child poverty and the current housing crisis.”
But Ms Tolley says she is confident Child, Youth and Family (CYF) is doing the best it can and says protecting children from poverty and abuse is a long-term issue that cannot be fixed overnight.
Yeah the task will take a long time to finish, that’s for sure. Especially if you never start.