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‘The Next Stretch’ Aged Care Conference 8th – 9th May


How Good a Place is New Zealand to Grow Old In? ‘The Next Stretch’ Aged Care Conference 8th – 9th May 2014 in Dunedin read more

Families’ Basic Needs Not Being Met


“The evidence is in - low income families can no longer provide for even the basics as their weekly incomes falls further behind the rate of inflation”, says Trevor McGlinchey, Executive Officer of the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS). “The 17th Vulnerability Report shows that when looking at the increases over 4 years for rent and energy – the two items that low income families must pay before they buy food – there has been an 11.9% increase in price. The additional 8.1% increase in benefits is obviously inadequate to cover the cost! If a family is on a benefit then they have received a total increase in income over four years of only $20.16 for a couple with 1 or more children or $17.33 for a sole parent.” read more

Five Years after the GFC and Vulnerability Remains Too High


“New Zealand needs to share its resources more evenly or we will have a greater entrenchment of income inequality and poverty and all of the negative outcomes associated with these conditions”, says Trevor McGlinchey, Executive Officer of the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS). “The latest Vulnerability Report shows children, young people, women and those without work and in low paid employment continue to be the New Zealand citizens who are paying the price for the progress being made on balancing the national budget. It’s time we spread the load more evenly”. read more

Inequality Divides Us and Holds Us Back


“Growing inequality is dividing us and holding us back as a country,” comments Pam Waugh Vice-President of the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS). “Every day NZCCSS member agencies are trying to support people whose incomes are simply too low to live on, whose housing is sub-standard and whose chances of getting ahead in the employment market are very limited. The growing income divide is a major contributor to their plight.” read more

Living Wage


New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services Announces Support for the Living Wage Campaign The New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS) fully supports the Living Wage Campaign. The Council encourages all social services organisations to work towards becoming living wage employers. NZCCSS recognises progress towards this goal will be dependent on appropriate funding for services. Therefore the Council urges government and other agencies to fund in a way that allows social support organisations to be Living Wage employers. read more

Welfare Reforms Impacting on Young People and Families


“Since the introduction of the youth focused Welfare Reforms our members are reporting an upswing in young people requesting food parcels and emergency accommodation’, says Trevor McGlinchey, Executive Officer of the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS). “It appears as though there has been a slight increase in the numbers of young people sleeping rough, in doorways or under bridges. And a large increase in teenagers who are dependent on sleeping on their friends’ couches – until the generosity runs out and they have to find another couch to surf on”. read more

Vulnerability Report Issue 14


Is The Welfare Safety Net starting to Slip? We have too many people chasing too few jobs, and welfare benefits and hardship grants are getting harder to obtain. Our welfare system is failing to do the job it was intended for . Rather than enabling people to participate and belong in society, it is increasingly looking to social services and other to pick up where it is leaving off. This report covers trends experienced in government agencies and community based organisations in the third quarter of 2012. read more

The Canterbury Report released


The New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS) has been working with Christchurch social services agency members to produce the Canterbury Report. “This Report brings together the on-the-ground experience of our Christchurch based social service agencies together with government statistics to help reveal progress and pressure points as Canterbury continues to recover from the earthquakes”, said Trevor McGlinchey, Executive Officer NZCCSS. read more

NZCCSS analysis of the White Paper for Vulnerable Children


This paper provides a summary of the white paper for Vulnerable Children and a brief analysis fo the paper against NZCCSS's mission statement, Christian values and roles within its communities. read more

Child Poverty discussion is crucial, say New Zealand’s Church Leaders


Proposals to reduce New Zealand’s unacceptably high child poverty rates need to be urgently debated and discussed, say the leaders of the Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Methodist, Presbyterian, Salvation Army and Assemblies of God Churches. read more

Low Income Families Continue to Pay for Economic Recovery


“The slow economic recovery is really hurting many low income New Zealand families”, said New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS) Executive Officer, Trevor McGlinchey. “We have been collecting and comparing data and information for the last 3 years and it is very clear that low income families, particularly whānau Māori and Pasifika families, are bearing the brunt of New Zealand’s drive to reduce the national deficit”. The Vulnerability Report shows while the median income for all New Zealanders has grown since 2008, for Māori the median income has actually dropped. read more

Threats to home-based care


Rural Women New Zealand and the Council for Christian Social Services, in a joint statement, agree that The Report of the Inquiry into the Aged Care Workforce ‘Caring Counts’ by the Human Rights Commission clearly highlights the issues for both carers and the providers of the service. The indicated lack of response by Government to this Report threatens the on-going ability of NGO’s to continue to provide home based older persons services in New Zealand. It is not acceptable for Government to continually transfer the cost of providing vital older person services from District Health Boards to NGO’s. read more

Vulnerbility Report Issue 12


COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS FILLING THE GAP As the welfare and housing reforms are felt in communities, it is the community based social service agencies that are put under increasing stress to fill the gaps. The New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS) twelfth Vulnerability Report shows housing is harder to access, benefit recipients have reduced, and the numbers of hardship grants for food and power have decreased. At the same time social service agencies are pressured as people seeking support increase. read more

Auckland Futures


The Auckland Services Group of the New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS) invites you to attend an interactive day co-creating with Auckland Council the pathway to a more inclusive and socially just future for Auckland. read more

NZCCSS Future Wellbeing Conference


The New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services Future Wellbeing Social Services Conference will be held at the University of Auckland Faculty of Engineering Symonds St Auckland on the 18th and 19th of April. An exciting range of keynote speakers have been confirmed to inform and challenge you on how to assist in the development of the future wellbeing for all New Zealanders. read more