The left are criticising the Budget for not tackling poverty.
But they are wrong as Finance Minister Bill English pointed out:.
“It is widely acknowledged that paid employment is the best way to lift vulnerable families out of poverty,” Mr English says. “The Government will invest a further $188.6 million over four years for the next stage of welfare reforms, to help more New Zealanders into work. . .
Helping people help themselves by moving from welfare to work is one of the most effective, long term solutions to poverty.