This submission is in support of the Child Poverty Reduction Bill. It includes reasons for increasing the focus on accountability and identifies learnings that might help shape its final form.
I recommend that an independent body be established to ensure that the scope and integrity of the evidence used is sufficiently comprehensive and far-reaching in meeting the diverse interests of citizens, children, Parliament, Ministers and departments.
Not only must independent oversight provide assurance that the intentions of the Bill are being met but it must ensure that there is sufficient validation that the right things are being done to achieve these ends.
The purpose of such a body is to hold government to account in its policies and services that influence levels of poverty among families and whānau that contain children.
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