Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

Voluntary Sector welcomes dialogue on funding

Voluntary Sector welcomes more dialogue on social services funding rethink

Community and voluntary sector organisations are looking forward to working with the Government on the detail of how it will fund social services in the future.

Members of ComVoices, an independent network of Tangata Whenua, and community and voluntary sector organisations, said the Government had already started engaging on aspects of the changes.

Federation of Voluntary Welfare Organisations Executive Director Tina Reid said the Government’s move was an evolution of the Sector and Government relationship: “This is not just a discussion about funding, it is about the quality of the relationship. Government gets the Sector to deliver a huge number of services on its behalf."

Chair of the Association of NGOs of Aotearoa (ANGOA) Marion Blake said there was ample evidence that poor contracting practices, insufficient Sector input into Government policy making and poor Government understanding of the sector was hampering efficient and effective delivery to individuals and communities.

“What that means is that the Government currently has good intentions but that is not being translated into how services can and should be delivered.

Two recent reports - the Building Better Government Engagement reference group (BBGE) and the Association of NGOs of Aotearoa Good Intentions report - both showed that while government agencies did their best, they were often hampered by traditional ways of operating, based on a lack of understanding of the sector.

“The Sector has long been advocating for community groups to have more autonomy and for government agencies to take a more holistic view of how they deal with families and communities. In practical terms it means building and recognising capability in our communities, working across government agencies, and reducing bureaucracy wῨere it™s hampering solutions, making sure government works with the sector not against it, and that there is reasonable accountability for funding.

YMCA Chief Executive Officer Ric Odom said the changes being signalled by the Government would likely mean some changes in thinking within Government and the Sector.

“Social service organisations in New Zealand rely on multiple funding streams to deliver services. Government funding is part of the picture but not all of it. Like anyone with a stake in an organisation, the demands need to be proportionate to the funding.

“The Sector is also up to the challenge. It is driven by a desire to do what is best for communities. Any current Sector inefficiencies or duplication are often driven by the perverse behaviour that is promoted by the current contracting environment. If the Sector isn’t part of developing solution it is likely that will continue,” he said.

The Government’s Whanau ora model was one way for doing things differently, and there were many others, including the Inspiring Communities network, which supports Transforming Tamaki and Great Start Taita as two examples of communities solving their own problems.

Wendi Wicks of DPA getting the mix right was going to be crucial to New Zealand’s economic success.

“Even though only 10% of our Sector organisations have paid staff, they employ 105,340 people. In other words, the assertion that the Sector is integral to the nation’s well-being, is based on fact.”

Ms Wicks said the Sector was playing a significant role in supporting those families and communities still affected by the recession.

“While the economy is showing signs of recovery, there is a lag effect on those most vulnerable and the impact of the recession is still hurting families. Communities and the Sector are essential part of the solution. That means thousands of organisations still need to be funded for the role they are playing,” she said.

A New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS) “Vulnerability Report”, released in September June 2009, confirmed the recession has made life more difficult for many people and placed an even greater strain on helping agencies.

The report says job losses have been acutely felt in metropolitan centres where the cost of living is high. Pressure points are in the areas of emergency food, parcels and meals, housing, such as night shelters, and budget advisory services. New client groups also include formerly high and middle income families trying to service mortgages on dramatically reduced incomes. Many are ineligible for Work and Income support and are approaching social service agencies for help. There are also growing numbers of older people approaching food banks for the first time.

Philanthropy New Zealand Executive Director Robyn Scott said any changes to the funding model needed to move away from tick boxes and outputs to one of outcomes to be successful.

“It is going to mean doing things differently and it’s going to take a degree of maturity from everyone across the political spectrum. There needs to be accountability but there also needs to be an understanding that Government doesn’t have all the answers.”

“This is moving away from good intentions to great solutions,” she said.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Geo-political Posturing Over China’s Cyber Hacks, Plus The Weekly Playlist

The timing was one of the weirder aspects of this week’s cyber condemnation of China by the West. Why was this piece of political theatre being staged now? China (and Russia’s) sponsoring and/or condoning of semi-state and criminal hacker groups has been known about for nigh on a decade. More particularly, Microsoft had been alerted to the flaws in its Microsoft Exchange... More>>




 
 


Government: Quarantine Free Travel With Australia Suspended

Quarantine Free Travel from all Australian states and territories to New Zealand is being suspended as the Covid situation there worsens, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins announced today... More>>

ALSO:


Government: New Zealand Condemns Malicious Cyber Activity By Chinese State-sponsored Actors

New Zealand has established links between Chinese state-sponsored actors known as Advanced Persistent Threat 40 (APT40) and malicious cyber activity in New Zealand. “The GCSB has worked through a robust technical attribution process in relation to this activity. New Zealand is today joining other countries in strongly condemning this malicious activity... More>>

ALSO:

Government: Commits $600,000 To Flood Recovery

The Government is contributing $600,000 to help residents affected by the weekend’s violent weather with recovery efforts. Acting Minister for Emergency Management Kris Faafoi and Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor have been in the Buller district this afternoon to assess flood damage and support the local response effort... More>>

ALSO:



NZUS Council: Welcomes Nomination Of Senator Tom Udall As US Ambassador To NZ

The NZUS Council welcomes the nomination of Senator Tom Udall to the role of US Ambassador to New Zealand and Samoa, NZUS Council executive director Jordan Small said... More>>

BusinessNZ: Visa Extensions Welcomed
BusinessNZ has welcomed the extension of some critical skill visa durations and changes to immigration systems to speed processing. Chief Executive Kirk Hope says move acknowledges advocacy by the hospitality sector, the BusinessNZ Network and others, and comes not a moment too soon.... More>>



Social Development: Government Initiatives Contribute To Fall In Benefit Numbers

Minister for Social Development Carmel Sepuloni has welcomed the release of the June quarter Benefit Statistics which show a continuing fall in the number of people receiving a Main Benefit... More>>


 
 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels