Number of poor children whose parents work

Alex Harris made this Official Information request to Prime Minister

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From: Alex Harris

Dear Prime Minister,

In tonight's leader's debate, when confronted with MSD data that 40% of children in poverty were from families where at least one parent worked, you denied that figure and said that only 11% of children in poverty were from such families. I would like to request the following information under the OIA:

* the source for your claim that only 11% of children in poverty were from families where at least one parent worked.

As there is an election on and this is a matter of public debate, I ask that this request be handled urgently.

I would prefer to receive an electronic response. Queries about this request will be automatically forwarded to me by the website.

With regards to s12 of the OIA, I am an NZ citizen and in NZ.

Yours faithfully,

Alex Harris

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From: J Key (MIN)
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Relevant parts include: para 33 in the Main Findings and paragaph 21 in the Overview Summary.

Search the rest of the document and appendicies on keywords "working households", "working families", "working poor".

Other mentions are:

Page 3 at:

page 45 at:

Fig 3, page 8 at:

Labour Party policy gives a figure, but without any supporting citing evidence. page 3 at:

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