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Lockdown and Hardship

Oct 17, 2021

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Since the August 2021 lockdown announcement, Christians Against Poverty (CAP) has remained active in communities, providing food packages as needed, and debt counselling for people in financial hardship – especially prevalent in Auckland where lockdown extended for more than three months.

This brief report examines the impact of lockdown on the social and economic well-being of vulnerable persons in Aotearoa. It draws from anecdotal data obtained from the CAP frontline team — consisting of Debt Coaches in local communities, as well as CAP’s Head Office Client Services Team — plus qualitative data from affected individuals and families amongst CAP’s client base. The report is guided by three questions:

  1. what impact did lockdown have on the social and economic well-being of disadvantaged families?
  2. how did lockdown impact those already in financial hardship?
  3. what options can attenuate the effects of lockdowns for vulnerable families in the future?