25 May 2012

Children's advocates say Budget does little for poorest

1:57 pm on 25 May 2012

The Child Poverty Action Group says the Budget makes children below the poverty line invisible and does very little to improve their prospects

Early childhood education gets more money for Maori and Pasifika children and after hours healthcare is cheaper for the poorest children.

But social agencies at the group's annual post-Budget breakfast in Wellington say poor economic growth is not encouraging job creation and early childhood education costs looks set to rise.

Group convenor Mike O'Brien says the tax cuts made in 2010 need to be revisited to redistribute that wealth to people who really need it.