Long-term thinking has long-term results.
Labour Deputy Annette King announced at the Labour Party conference that new social spending was going to have the well-being of children at its heart.
All children need the best start in life if they are going to thrive, and if they are going to contribute positively to our country. This includes the 20% of children in New Zealand currently born into poverty.
Today Annette has posted an update, outlining the problem, and starting to lay out a vision of how things can be done differently:
“Labour believes a much wider and deeper change is required; one which fundamentally alters the way government invests social spending by implementing an integrated package of policies that focus on the development needs of Kiwi children in their early years. Such a comprehensive focus on child development is brand new to New Zealand.
“Over the past two years, I have led a team of experts, including doctors, academics and frontline workers, to put together a set of connected policies with this aim. These policies are based on the most up to date research available and an understanding of what works.
“There’s an old saying: “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. This new philosophy would mean tilting social spending towards the first six years of life – when children’s physical, cognitive and emotional development have the greatest implications for later life.
Read the full post here.