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Improving child wellbeing

May 31, 2019 at 2:44 PM


Key Budget initiatives:

  • New programmes and funding to break the cycles of child poverty and family violence
  • Stopping children from falling through the cracks – a $1.1 billion investment to protect our most vulnerable kids
  • Taking financial pressure off parents by increasing funding to decile 1-7 schools so they don’t need to ask for school donations
  • Taking action to improve incomes and reduce inequality through benefit indexation and removing punitive sanctions
  • Encouraging physical activity and healthy eating in schools
  • $320 million to address NZ’s shameful domestic violence record

The Wellbeing Budget will continue the Government’s drive to make New Zealand into the best place in the world to be a child, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says.

“Evidence shows us that children in poverty are more likely to get sick, leave school without a qualification, sometimes struggle to get food, and fall through the cracks. We know that to improve New Zealanders’ wellbeing, so much depends on the early years.

“Improving outcomes for our children is central to the objectives of the Coalition Government and is at the heart of this wellbeing budget. 

“That means tackling the long-term challenge of lifting children out of poverty, making sure our children can access education, taking financial pressure off parents and ensuring our children are healthy and active.”

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Category: Government