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We need close monitoring of social indicators

Media Release

For immediate release

— Wellington, Thursday, 28 May 2009

Budget will require close government monitoring of social indicators

The Salvation Army is cautiously supportive of the 2009 Budget but warns that the Government will need to keep a close eye on social indicators to ensure the cost of the recession does not fall heavily on New Zealand’s most vulnerable citizens.

Social policy spokesman Major Campbell Roberts says the budget reflects Government cautiousness on the growth of demand for social support services.

The Salvation Army is relieved that benefits haven’t been cut and important social policy initiatives like Working for Families haven’t been cut or cancelled.

“We’re also reassured that the Government has resisted the temptation to extend tax cuts as this may have meant a cut in social service provision,” Major Campbell says.

The Salvation applauds the home insulation initiative and the $40 million for community housing over four years as well as initiating the Fresh Start programme for troubledyouth and the extended 20 hours of early childhood education.

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