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

 

Urgent response needed to close social service funding gap

Press release:

Urgent government response needed to close social service funding gap

5/9/2019

Trust Waikato is supporting a call for the government to address an estimated $630 million a year funding gap for social service providers.

An independent study by MartinJenkins has quantified for the first time the funding gap for organisations providing social services that are essential to the wellbeing of New Zealand whaanau and communities.

The study found that the government funds social service providers for less than two thirds of the actual costs of delivering the essential services they are contracted to provide. This leaves services unable to cover basic running costs, to pay enough to attract and retain the staff they need.

Trust Waikato agrees that the funding gap is putting essential services under extreme pressure. Trust Waikato Chief Executive, Dennis Turton, says “this year we have had record levels of grants amounts requested and it is increasingly obvious that social services are struggling to meet the needs of our most vulnerable communities”.

The study was released this week by Social Service Providers Aotearoa, which is calling on the government to support an immediate resolution that

- addresses the pay inequality between providers and the public sector,

- makes a serious commitment to close the funding gap in the 2020 Budget, and

- commits to working with the sector on the longer term issues that are identified, to achieve an effective and sustainable funding model.

The full report is available on the SSPA website at https://www.sspa.org.nz/funding-gap.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Coronavirus: On The Addiction To Chinese Student Fees, And A Possible Future For RNZ Concert

Last week, Australian PM Scott Morrison extended its ban on foreign visitors from or passing through from mainland China – including Chinese students - for a third week. New Zealand has dutifully followed suit, with our travel ban extending until next Monday at least, presumably dependent to some extent on what Morrison decides to do later this week.
Our universities are now asking for an exemption to the travel ban for their Chinese students, who would still, the universities assure us, be subjected to strict quarantine procedures upon arrival. Given how the inability of the university system to care for its own students on campus made world news last year, that promise may not do much to reduce the coronavirus fears among the wider New Zealand public. More>>


 

Water Woes: Wellington Reflects National Problem

Water utilities right across the country face major challenges to upgrade and maintain their underground three waters network. Water New Zealand’s Technical Manager, Noel Roberts says Wellington’s waste water woes are not unique to the capital city. ... More>>

ALSO:

2020 And Beyond: National’s Economic Plan

National Leader Simon Bridges has today outlined National’s economic plan heading into election 2020. “National understands the economy and how it impacts on New Zealanders day to day lives... More>>

ALSO:

Abortion Legislation Committee: Abortion Bill Report Presented To The House

The Abortion Legislation Committee has presented its report on the Abortion Legislation Bill to the House. A copy of the report is available here. The bill seeks to have abortion services provided like other health services... More>>

ALSO:


Local Government NZ: New Report A Pathfinder For Affordable Housing

A report released today by LGNZ provides a roadmap for councils finding their way through the complex policy, regulatory and market tools available to help enable more affordable housing developments for New Zealanders. With demand soaring, rents ... More>>

ALSO:

“Can Do Better”: Sallies Election Year Report Card

This year’s State of the Nation report by The Salvation Army offers a mixed bag of outcomes, with some significant headline progress - but also an ambitious list of “can do better”. Government action is delivering limited improvements... More>>

ALSO:


 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 


 

InfoPages News Channels