Elec­tion can­di­dates com­ment on poverty

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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.

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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.

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