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2016 Budget Round Up

June 03, 2016 at 9:47 AM

2016 Budget Round Up

A number of social and political commentators and peak organisations have produced summaries of key points from the 2016 Budget. Check out the links below. 

 

New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse: No new family violence money, Family Violence Networks refunded

The 2016 Budget was announced on 26 May, with no new funding for family violence services. However funding for the Family Violence Networks (formerly Te Rito networks) was provided for another 12 months.

The Ministry of Social Development announced that the 2016 Budget would extend funding for Family Violence Response Coordination(FVRC) for another year.  The $2.8 million funding for FVRC supports the 40 family violence networks who coordinate family violence prevention and intervention initiatives regionally. In the next 12 months, the future of the Networks will be considered as part of the Ministerial Group on Family Violence and Sexual Violence Work Programme

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NZCCSS Policy Watch Budget 2016 Special: what we are looking for and what was announced

NZCCSS is looking at the Budget announcements as always through the lens of the most vulnerable. We look for signs of real social investment that makes a difference for people on the margins.

The simple summary of our response is disappointment that there are no measures to address poverty. NZCCSS Executive Officer Trevor McGlinchey’s said: “We were hoping for a courageous Budget which addressed the underpinning causes of child poverty and the need for social services – this Budget does not make a difference in the levels of inequality and desperate need for those with the least”.

  1. Children and Families – social investment package benefits unclear
  2. Housing – $200 million for extra social housing in Auckland
  3. Older People – the health squeeze continues
  4. Inequality and poverty – very little to help people get ahead

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Budget 2016 - Scoop Full Coverage

Campbell: Budgies, so their Wikipedia page says, are popular pets around the world due to their small size, low cost, and ability to mimic human speech. Which is a reasonably good description of Finance Minister Bill English eighth Budget. Especially when it comes to the mimicry bit about providing an adequate response to this country’s social and developmental needs.

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