The Prime Minister (also the Minister for Child Poverty Reduction), Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, introduced the Child Poverty Reduction Bill into the House on 31 January 2018.
The Bill had its third Reading in the House on 18 December and was passed into law on 20 December 2018.
The purpose of the legislation is to encourage a Government focus on child poverty reduction specifically, and child wellbeing more generally. It does this by requiring the Government to:
- publish targets and regularly report on child poverty levels
- be transparent about how annual Budget decisions impact on child poverty
- adopt and regularly review a strategy for improving the wellbeing of all children, particularly those in poverty and at greater risk of poor outcomes.
The Child Poverty Reduction Bill's page on Parliament's website includes a link to the Bill itself, Supplementary Order Papers and a timeline of its progress through the House and Select Committee process.
There are a number of documents related to the Child Poverty Reduction legislation, including the setting of child poverty reduction targets: