Budget 2021: Benefit increases welcome, but some community groups need more
The government is accused of having rejected major funding problems for certain community organizations that support people in difficulty.
Social service providers Aotearoa, which represents more than 200 non-governmental organizations (NGOs), welcomed the increase in key benefits in the 2021 budget.
He says it will make a difference for those who need it.
But its chief executive, Clare Achmad, said nonprofits such as family centers, counseling services, charity trusts and helplines are in desperate need of fair funding and compensation. .
She said they needed around $ 630 million to continue providing aid.
They will ask for it in the 2022 budget.
Increase in profits welcomed
A social support service from Tauranga describes the increased benefits as “like winning the lotto” for those in need.
Recipients will get up to $ 55 more in their pockets each week, as part of a two-step increase in income support payments.
Te Tuinga Whānau Support Services Trust director Tommy Wilson said this week’s budget news is a cause for celebration for welfare recipients – including the homeless.
“These people don’t get a chance to celebrate much and I think more than the $ 55 just gives this korowai hope to wrap himself up as homeless because it’s been a pretty tough year. for these guys too. “
Wilson said the increased benefits would not solve the country’s social problems, but it was a good start.
Pakanui Tuhura, director of Rotorua’s budget advisory service, said the increased benefits were justified and will help tackle inequalities.
“The increase in benefits, I think, is really justified, the haves and have-nots, the gap between them is getting bigger and bigger and I think it’s common knowledge.”
Tuhura believes that most beneficiaries will use the money wisely, such as paying down debt or covering the rising cost of housing.