3 Aug 2011

Green Party unveils plan to reduce child poverty

10:27 pm on 3 August 2011

The Green Party has unveiled a $1 billion plan to bring 100,000 children out of poverty by 2014.

Under the plan, the party says it would increase Working for Family payments to beneficiaries giving an extra $60 a week to 140,000 of the poorest households.

It would increase tertiary study support for sole parents and beneficiaries so they can attend university.

The third part of the plan involves raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour - a difference it says of about $60 a week to someone working full-time.

The party would also introduce minimum standards for rental properties to make them warmer and healthier.

It says it has yet to work out how it would fund the plan, which it says would cost $360 million a year over three years, but is confident there is money in the budget.

Prime Minister John Key says does not support the Green Party's plan.