30 Jan 2018

Child poverty bill must be 'more than symbolism' - English

From Morning Report, 7:38 am on 30 January 2018

The government will spell out the details of its child poverty reduction law on Tuesday. Lowering the number of children living in poverty - and setting targets to achieve this - was one of Jacinda Ardern's key election promises.

National has pledged to ensure the government is held accountable. It says it made big gains when it was in office including 60,000 fewer children living in a benefit-dependent household, the number of 18-year-olds who do not achieve NCEA level 2 was halved, and rheumatic fever was dramatically reduced.

Opposition leader Bill English joins Susie Ferguson to discuss the proposed law change.