Election candidates comment on poverty
This week we asked candidates in the general election to share their views on poverty in New Zealand, and what they and their party plan to do about it.
National’s Wigram candidate David Hiatt said the National-led Government’s focus on strengthening the economy was reflected in the Ministry of Social Development’s latest Household Incomes Report.
This showed the median household incomes rose 3 per cent, even taking into account inflation, in the year to June 2016.
Since 2008, median household incomes had risen by around 11 per cent more than inflation, faster than in many other OECD countries.
‘‘The report says there is no evidence of any sustained rise or fall in household income inequality over the past 20 years, and trends in child poverty and hardship are either flat or falling,’’ he said.
Around half of all households with children received more in in welfare benefits and tax credits than they paid in income tax.