Does the Living Wage ensure an adequate standard of living for families?
Keywords:Living Wage Movement Aotearoa New Zealand (LWMA), family poverty and homelessness, ‘living wage rate’ (LWR), New Zealand Superannuation, Working for Families
New Zealand was once held up as a model of egalitarianism to other countries. Today New Zealand is far from being that leader, with high income and wealth inequality and an unacceptable level of family poverty and homelessness. Children are particularly affected, suffering the highest levels of material deprivation in New Zealand (Perry, 2016). Living Wage Movement Aotearoa New Zealand (LWMA) has argued that raising wages is the best way to address this problem.
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