The Greens have launched their policy to get 100,000 kids out of poverty. It’ll cost just 0.3% of GDP. We have a moral duty to do what we can to eliminate child poverty. Labour made a start. WFF basically ended working poverty. But there’s the kids of beneficiaries. 270,000 kids below the poverty line while the elite live in mansions. Not good enough.
The Greens policies are mostly rehashes. But the oldies are often goodies. Extending WFF to beneficiaries is the big hit. One move that would get tens of thousands of kids out of the poverty trap. For $300m. The kind of money that is lavished on the rich without a second thought.
Naturally, Key has ruled it out immediately. Also ruled out raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
Could be forgiven for thinking Key’s happy to talk about helping the underclass but won’t act.
Greens would restore the Training Incentive Allowance. Good stuff. Help DPB mums upskill and get back into the workforce when the kids are old enough.
They also want to set minimum insulation standards for rental properties. This is a great one. The state of rentals, especially for the poor, is shocking. Landlords are required to provide bugger-all. Not all landlords are bad of course. But why should the law permit slum landlords to operate?
Good on the Greens.
We’ve yet to see the details of Labour’s Children’s Agenda. Both parties want the $15 minimum wage and TIA back though. Together it’s shaping up to be an exciting programme of action from the big Left parties.
It’s time to eliminate child poverty. Only way to start doing that is vote out Key.