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Church Leaders tell PM housing essential for healthy communities

Media release 19 May 2017 Housing security essential for healthy communities Representative church leaders have met with the Prime Minister and Government ministers to ask for more action in the areas of immigration, housing and social investment. Their views are influenced by the experience of their church congregations and church based social agencies in most…

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Policy Watch 4 May 2017

All we need is a creative project, and a few good people to work with, and a new thought may spread like wildfire. As the anthropologist Margaret Mead once said, ‘Never doubt that a small group of citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” Dame Anne Salmond, 2013…

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Thinking Outside the Box?

‘Solitary confinement’; ‘segregation’; ‘isolation’; ‘seclusion’; ‘de-escalation’; ‘separation’; ‘high security’; ‘supermax’; ‘special management’; ‘low stimulus;’ ‘secure care’; and ‘time out’ are the subject of a recent report requested by the Human Rights Commission and funded by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) through the UN Subcommittee on the Prevention of…

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Great News for Carers

Today’s announcement of a settlement of the Equal Pay case is a welcome step towards recognising the vital work of those doing care work in this country and for work done mainly by women. It also recognises the importance of older people and others who are living with disabilities who are supported through this work,…

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Intrusive Data Collection Justification Looks Thin and Dubious

Garth Nowland-Foreman The Ministry of Social Development (MSD) is controversially demanding identifying information about individual clients in exchange for its funding from 1st July. Charities and other non-profits providing essential social services are concerned this may put off vulnerable people seeking help when they need it most. It also has the potential to undermine one…

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Cash Works Best For Children

Book Review – “Pennies From Heaven – why cash works best to ensure all children thrive” by Jess Berenton-Shaw & Gareth Morgan “Money works. It works when it is given unconditionally and it works best for those on the lowest incomes…” (p.203) This new book published in March by the Morgan Foundation has done us…

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