From headlines to help

You’ve got to give the left credit where it’s due – they’re very good at getting issues into the headlines and they’re doing well with their latest cause – child poverty.

Getting headlines is easy enough for what is a very emotive issue.

Translating that into practical help is much harder but at least there is growing acknowledgement that the solution isn’t as simple as giving more money.

Professor David Fergusson who directed a study which shows parental income affects how well children do as adults said:

the study showed that income inequality and behavioural issues, such as parents’ addictions, both had to be tackled to fix social problems.

“For example, increasing the income of substance-using parents may be counter-productive since it will give them more access to purchasing alcohol or drugs,” he said.

Giving parents more money is no guarantee any or all of it will be spent to the benefit of children.

It’s also important to remember it’s not just the amount of money a family earns/receives that makes a difference.

The 2008 living standards survey  found that:

  • the hardship rate for sole parent families is around 4 times that for those in two parent families (39% and 11% respectively)
  • beneficiary families with dependent children have a hardship rate of around 5 times that for working families with children (51% and 11% respectively)
  • sole parent families in work have a hardship rate (20%) well below that for sole parent beneficiary families (54%)
  • Maori and Pacific people have hardship rates some 2 to 3 times that of those in the European or Other ethnic groups
  • families with 4 or more children have higher hardship rates (27%) than those with 1-2 children (17%)
 This shows that money, or lack of it, is not the only factor which contributes to hardship.What they do with it, the number of children, relationship break downs, ethnicity and income source also make a difference.
Keeping poverty in the headlines will raise awareness  but it won’t by itself do anything to address any of those.

One Response to From headlines to help

  1. Andrei says:

    Well what do you expect – the decadent ruling class has spent the last forty years undermining and destroying the institutions and customs that were developed over millennia to ensure that the majority of children grew up in safe environment and were cared for.

    For poor women their only option is too breed – they are not going to become highly paid beneficiaries civil servants writing pap about how unfair it is that women can’t become infantrymenpersons.

    So they have children and become poor beneficiaries and go on the DPB.

    And no boy in his right mind would aspire to working hard to build a nest egg and marry to raise a family because there is a high probability his wife partner, for as long as it suits her convenience, after a few years would bail taking the fruits of his labour and leaving him with the financial liability for his children but none of the emotional rewards and on the Government dime go to University to get a degree – so as to be the exemplary solo mother bravely bring up her children on her own.

    There were profound reasons why marriage was a serious business and difficult to dissolve and why having children out of wedlock was shameful – but the ruling class in order to satisfy their own desires and sense of entitlement have changed all this – for them with enough resources the effects are not too serious, For the poor the effects have been devastating.


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