Tuesday 12th September
Collective agreements and political donations for all: ways to rebalance power
The Equality Network is calling for the Government to put curbs on political donations to stop money distorting politics, and to enable industry collective bargaining, making fairer working conditions for everyone.
The Network, whose members include NGOs, and organisations focused on health and workers rights, insists that changes to our legislation are needed to enable collective bargaining so that individuals struggling on low incomes can advocate for better working conditions, and better salaries. Read on…
The Equality Network is asking for politicians to commit to a truly free education, which will benefit all children, irrespective of their household incomes.
Members of the Equality Network, a non-partisan organisation of 37 members united by the vision of a more equal Aotearoa New Zealand, say that the hidden costs of education are putting unnecessary additional stresses on our poorest families. Read full release here…
CPAG housing recommendations: Released in July 2017, CPAG’s ‘Priorities for familiy housing’ outlines the current housing crisis and puts forward three key recommendations:
CPAG recommends that the following policy changes should be considered by Government in response to the outlined challenges and conclusions:
1. The Accommodation Supplement should be reviewed as a matter of urgency and especially
following the April 2018 increases to determine its effectiveness in reducing housing related
poverty for New Zealand’s poorest families and households.
2. The Residential Tenancies Act should be overhauled with a view to improving tenants’ rights and in particular to giving them:
– more secure tenure,
– access to effective advocacy and support in disputes with landlords,
– protections against excessive rent increases, and,
– guarantees to decent quality housing through a comprehensive warrant of fitness programme.
3. A Social Housing Plan should be developed within 12 months, that is based on realistic forecasts for future demand for social housing and that budgets are allocated to fund this plan over at least a ten year period.
The PSA will be releasing it’s book Progressive Thinking: Ten Perspectives on Housing on Monday the 21st August in Auckland. The release follows the recent publication Progressive Thinking: Ten Perspectives on Tax, which was a top 10 seller at Unity Books. The edited book; Progressive Thinking: Ten Perspectives on Housing, is part of the PSA’s election year efforts to re-examine and reframe social debate in areas of importance to our members.
The book will contain ten journalistic perspectives from academics, campaigners and researchers on housing from rental reform to disability issues
Over the last few years the PSA has heard an ever-growing body of evidence that the current government’s approach to housing is failing. The PSA is adding its voice to the many who are demanding change.
The PSA has a proud history of advocating for high quality public services that contribute to the health and wellbeing of our communities. Members have told it that housing is a priority concern in election year, and because they – and their families and communities – are amongst those bearing the brunt of the current housing crisis.
If you want to attend: RSVP to Sarah by Friday 18 August [email protected]
NZCCSS and Community Networks Aotearoa are holding a joint conference entitled Empowerment & Success: A Positive Path for the NGO Sector on 26/27 October 2017. Refer www.nzccss.org.nz
Hui E! will be organising the first Sustainable Development Goal Summit in Wellington during April 2018.
Every Child Counts refers us to UNICEF’s Innocenti Report 2017 League Tables, where New Zealand ranks 34th out of 41 EU/OECD countries. www.unicef-irc-org/publications/pdf/RC14-eng.pdf
Closing the Gap draws attention to the Perioperative Mortality Review Committee’s sixth report, looking at New Zealand deaths that occur within 30 days of an operation, which shows people living in lower socio-economic areas had near double the rate of mortality from 2009 to 2013 against those living in more wealthy parts of the country. https://www.hqsc.govt.nz/our-programmes/mrc/pomrc/publications-and-resources/publication/2949/
CPAG is releasing five election documents on topics related to child poverty. Health Priorities and Social Investment are already available, with Incomes, Housing and Education to come. www.cpag.org.nz
Action Station’s report on The People’s Mental Health Review, based on 500 personal stories of mental health experiences reveals a mental health system in crisis, with long wait times, a lack of suitable treatment options and an under-resourced and stressed workforce. They call for urgent funding increases for mental health services, an independent inquiry into mental health in New Zealand, and restoration of the Mental Health Commission.
Refer https://www.peoplesmentalheathreport.com for more details
The 2016 Child Poverty Monitor results reveal no significant improvement for the lives of children in New Zealand experiencing the effects of poverty.
There are currently 28% of New Zealand’s children living in families where income is less than 60% of the median contemporary income after housing costs (AHC), and 155,000 children experiencing some form of material deprivation, while 8% of children suffer extreme material deprivation.
Refer www.cpag.org.nz; www.closingthegap.org.nz or www.pha.org.nz for comments.