The latest NZ study on child poverty has formed a strong conclusion based upon a strong correlation between child poverty and …. well, guess for yourself what is the most strongly correlated with child poverty (as measured in a relative sense). Is it:
1. Unemployment; or
2. Uncaring governments spending too litle on benefits; or
3. Parents spending too much on drink and smokes; or
4. Single-parent families.
If you picked number 4, then give yourself a big tick. The strongest correlation the survey found was between children in relative poverty and the lack of two parents to care for them. To put that in a positive way, the most likely indicator of children not being in poverty is marriage, or at least a stable parental relationship.
Lindsay Mitchell has all the details, just as you’d expect.