Hui E! reports on a recent survey conducted by ComVoices that shows that the stresses on our community organisations are increasing. A survey of over 280 community organisations shows that they are experiencing greater demand for services and are dealing with greater complexity, but with less funding from government and a greater reliance on alternate funding sources. Refer www.huie.org.nz
NZCCSS comments that high poverty and inequality is the not-so-new normal. That is the conclusion to take from the latest poverty and inequality data released on 8th September in the Ministry of Social Development’s Household Incomes in New Zealand 2015 report.
Closing the Gap have followed up their survey for the local body election with results and equality-related promises for successful candidates for the Bay of Plenty councils. Refer www.closingthegap.org.nz for the survey results.
Volunteering NZ has produced a summary of the State of the World’s Volunteerism Report, showing its relevance to volunteers in New Zealand (who) have a role to play in transforming governance and ensuring no one is left behind.
The Auckland Anglican Social Justice Committee has strong words on the need for safe, affordable, adequate and available housing for all. Refer www.auckanglican.org.nz/whatwedo/social-justice/Do-justice
CPAG’s blog What’s up with housing? But also what’s up with incomes? discusses the crises and government shortcomings in both of these areas.
CPAG is also launching KATHRYN’S STORY: How the government spent well over $100,000 and 15 years pursuing a chronically-ill beneficiary mother for a debt she should not have on 1 July in Auckland.
Refer www.cpag.org.nz for more detail on all of these issues
The NZCCSS has been on the news recently with their timely report that “apart from a short period in the 3 years immediately post the Global Financial Crisis, funding for social services has remained static yet demand has soared to higher levels than ever previously experienced“.
Refer to www.nzccss.org.nz/vulnerability-report for more details.
Simon Lowe reports that this group is working hard on blogs following the recently CYPF review. One of the most comprehensive is by Dr Ian Hyslop, who says: There is no reference to social inequality – inadequate incomes, housing and health services – or to the economic reproduction of these social deficits.
To read this critique in full and others on the same topic, refer www.reimaginingsocialwork.nz
“ Despite being supposedly targeted to alleviate against child poverty, in its current state, the Working for Families (WFF) scheme discriminates against those children most in need..”
Refer to www.cpag.org.nz for details of how to support the campaign
CPAG is holding a series of post-Budget breakfasts. These are to be held in Whangarei, Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin on Friday the 27th May and in Nelson on Wednesday the 1st June. They are also holding a fundraiser in Auckland on the 11 June.
More details of these events at www.cpag.org.nz
Poverty Action Waikato is undertaking research to develop a 2015/16 “Window on Waikato Poverty” report. The focus of this report is to develop understandings of the experiences of neglect and nurture in our communities.
Neglect and nurture are experienced in different ways across our society. When society, communities and individuals neglect to care for one another this has devastating consequences. Babies, children and young people often suffer the most from neglect. This suffering can impact their whole life journey. Without opportunities for healing and restoration, experiences of neglect can result in further suffering. When the nurture of our most vulnerable populations and the care of one another is prioritised by individuals, communities and society, flourishing and wellbeing are enabled.
Our research will provide social services and community with the information that will support advocacy for a future where poverty and neglect are not tolerated and all people are supported to live flourishing lives. We are talking with people in Social Service agencies about the ways they observe and experience both neglect and nurture operating in their communities and gathering some up-to-date regional statistics.
This research is supported by the Social Development Division of the Hamilton City Council. A summary of findings will be presented to Hamilton City Council in February 2016 followed by the final report which will be a public document.