Turning the tide on our growing prison population

Today, a small group of the Poverty Action Working Group gathered to discuss the increasing prison population in Aotearoa New Zealand. This article is intended to reflect some of what was discussed, but in reality the conversation roamed, dipped and dived in a far more entertaining way than what is relayed here. Hence the value Read more about Turning the tide on our growing prison population[…]

Rising prison population: a symptom of inequality

Our prison population is reaching record levels, a reality that is fed by our seemingly entrenched levels of inequality. Societies with higher inequality do worse on a whole raft of social indicators, including having a greater propensity for violence and higher imprisonment rates.[1] In New Zealand, we have record rates of convictions leading to prison, Read more about Rising prison population: a symptom of inequality[…]

What are we doing to ensure a supply of suitable housing?

Accommodation Supplement In 1991, the central government introduced the Accommodation Supplement. The Accommodation Supplement is a ‘demand side subsidy’ and is based on need. Access is conditional on a person being able to find housing in the first place. There are no rules or conditions around the quality or appropriateness of housing. The Accommodation Supplement Read more about What are we doing to ensure a supply of suitable housing?[…]