Journal article

Old and poor or old and cared for?

26 Aug 2014

While child poverty remains a critical issue, ageing is a critical factor in the demographic changes are taking place in New Zealand.  It is assumed in policy circles that belief that home ownership and New Zealand Superannuation (NZS) is a protective factor., but there is a trend towards declining home ownership and increases in poverty in the 65 plus age group.  Policy must reflect the increasing need of this older age group, in addition to addressing child poverty.  it is recommended that policy should address requirements for increased social housing and protection of the value of NZS.

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