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Submissions on govt Budget Policy Statement; reports on state of the nation

March 05, 2021 at 1:39 PM

From the NZFVC

The government is asking for feedback on priorities for the 2021 Budget. Reports from the social sector highlight continuing unmet needs.

The Finance and Expenditure Committee is inviting submissions on the Budget Policy Statement 2021.

The deadline to make a submission is 15 March 2021.

The Budget Policy Statement 2021 sets out the Government’s priorities for the 2021 Budget. It outlines five wellbeing priorities:

  • "Just Transition – Supporting the transition to a climate-resilient, sustainable and low-emissions economy while building back from COVID-19.
  • Future of Work – Enabling all New Zealanders and New Zealand businesses to benefit from new technologies and lift productivity and wages through innovation, and support into employment those most affected by COVID-19, including women and young people.
  • Māori and Pacific – Lifting Māori and Pacific incomes, skills and opportunities, and combatting the impacts of COVID-19.
  • Child Wellbeing – Reducing child poverty and improving child wellbeing
  • Physical and Mental Wellbeing – Supporting improved health outcomes for all New Zealanders and keeping COVID-19 out of our communities."

Finance Minister Grant Robertson announced the Budget Policy Statement in a speech on 9 February 2021. For more information see the Treasury's Guide to the Budget process.

Related news               

The Salvation Army has published their annual State of the Nation Report 2021. Commenting on the report's findings, Lt-Colonel Ian Hutson, Salvation Army Social Policy and Parliamentary Unit Director said:

“The Government’s measures to respond to the Covid-19 crisis have been significant and helped greatly to lessen impacts. However, this year’s report shows that the poorest and most vulnerable in our nation have suffered the most from these serious disturbances from Covid-19, leaving many with a gloomy future."

Key findings highlight increasing disparities between Māori and non-Māori, increasing poverty and rising demand for social housing. The report also includes analysis of publicly available statistics related to child protection and family violence. It noted that while there has been a decrease in the number of children in state care, there has been an increase in serious offences against children. Statistics related to family violence are difficult to interpret as the Family Violence Act 2018 changes have affected how data is reported. 

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