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A Budget that Tackles Poverty

A Budget that Tackles Poverty

The Salvation Army is welcoming the Budget as a practical way forward in the reduction of poverty in New Zealand.

‘This Budget is the largest commitment of government funds to low income households we have seen for a long time,’ said Salvation Army National Director of Social Policy Research, Major Campbell Roberts. ‘By putting more money in the pockets of low income families, the budget promises real progress in alleviating the poverty we see amongst our clients every day.’ Major Roberts said that The Salvation Army is pleased with the increases in Family Support and the Accommodation Supplement, and with plans to increase the number of State houses.

‘We know that housing costs are a major cause of poverty, so the increases in housing assistance will help many struggling households. Family Support increases are also critical, as many families rely on this payment to meet the basic needs of their children. These increases will help families to afford more of the things children need.’

Increases in childcare subsidies and other assistance to people who are in or are moving into paid employment are also seen as very positive.

‘Even though many people have the motivation to work, they are often held back by the associated costs. The Budget’s childcare and in-work payment measures will help many overcome practical and financial barriers to employment.’

Major Roberts said that although this Budget alone can not eradicate poverty, its overall impact offers low income families a real boost.

‘This Budget shows that Government has listened to the experience of community organisations such as The Salvation Army and wants to help those who are struggling in our communities. We look forward to seeing a positive impact on the levels of hardship amongst New Zealand families,’ said Major Roberts.

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