The $40 million in Budget 2016 for the SuperGold Card amounts to only $10 million a year for off-peak travel.
"It is an exercise in deception, it won’t cover the actual cost," says New Zealand First Leader and Northland Member of Parliament, Rt Hon Winston Peters.
Despite Budget 2016 taking small steps to invest in the wellbeing of families and individuals, Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand says there is a noticeable lack of investment in building new homes - an important requirement to ensure all families can flourish
The Capital City’s plan to encourage economic growth, foster stronger partnerships with communities and forge a more resilient city has reached an important phase, with Wellington City Councillors ready to finalise the budget.
Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown says:
LGNZ President, Lawrence Yule, acknowledged a much needed boost for communities in four key areas LGNZ has been advocating for: stronger regional economies, infrastructure, community and social housing, and biodiversity.
Universities New Zealand has welcomed the Government’s Budget announcement that it is investing $761m in areas including science, skills and tertiary education.
While the 2016 Budget announced that the early childhood education (ECE) sector will receive $397million over the next four years and $39million this year, the money is earmarked to cover the costs of larger numbers of children attending ECE and does not represent any boost to quality.
Caritas Aotearoa New Zealand welcomes today’s Budget announcement of a long-overdue phase out of the two-for-one subsidy in the Emissions Trading Scheme allowing some businesses to pay one emissions unit for every two tonnes of pollution they emit.
"After the promising start in last year’s Budget of a $25 per week lift in benefit levels for families with children this 2016 Budget disappoints in not building this further", says Trevor McGlinchey, Executive Officer, NZCCSS.
National's Budget has failed for the eighth year in a row to do anything meaningful to protect the climate, with its scrapping of the dodgy two-for-one carbon credit scheme unlikely to significantly reduce our emissions, the Green Party said today.
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