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She is also a member of the Gender Justice Collective. Finance Minister Grant Robertson opened his budget speech by taking voters old enough to remember back to It was savage for low socioeconomic groups and set the scene for New Zealand cementing itself as a neoliberal leader. Today, many advocacy groups seeking increased social spending argue was the start of what has become intergenerational poverty and inequality.
: If New Zealand can radically reform its health system, why not do the same for welfare? There are also critics on both sides other than the National and ACT parties.
Benefit increases were welcomed but are not yet sufficient to cope with increased housing costs, to relieve debt, and make up for intergenerational asset loss. These criticisms will not worry the government.
Robertson had dampened expectations in advance of budget and then surpassed them on delivery. At least for a while. The Budget welfare increases are to be welcomed. These are big increases and go a long way towards reversing the welfare cuts and subsequent long decline in the level of benefits compared to wages.
: NZ's second 'Well-being Budget' must deliver for the families that sacrificed most during the pandemic. But, sizeable as they are, are these increases big enough? Do they provide those reliant on benefits — the poorest in society — with an adequate minimum standard of living, sufficient that they can fully participate in their communities? The answer is almost certainly no, at least for many people on benefits.
Notably, the budget goal of meeting the WEAG recommendations for core rates by takes no of price increases in the three years since WEAG reported. Nor has the budget addressed the Working for Families tax credits or the Accommodation Supplement, despite the rapid increases in rents many beneficiaries have been facing in recent years. More analysis is needed, but it appears unlikely the Budget increases are enough to meet the incomes WEAG calculated families and individuals need to get by on.
Robertson also announced the government, in concert with Business New Zealand and the Council of Trade Unions, is looking to develop a social unemployment insurance scheme. We were warned this was not going to be a climate budget.
But the government seems to have learned lessons from its term, and has under-promised to allow for positive surprises. The biggest surprise was that, from Budget onwards, the government will hypothecate or recycle the revenue generated from the auctioning of Emissions Trading Scheme allowances into emissions reductions programmes.
This is a major policy win, and ensures ongoing revenue for climate change issues.
: Most people consider climate change a serious issue, but rank other problems as more important. That affects climate policy. Both are critical to climate adaptation. Perhaps, with its emissions reduction plan in hand by the end of this year, the government will fulfil that ambition next year. : International Energy Agency warns against new fossil fuel projects.
Guess what Australia did next? But it is also important to keep in mind what the budget leaves out. The low-emissions transition requires not only investment in clean infrastructure, but also harm avoidance by avoiding investments that lock in fossil fuel dependence.
Notably, this is the first budget with a shadow price for carbon. Plymouth Contemporary — Plymouth, Devon. Edition: Available editions United Kingdom.New Zealand seeking freindship with perks
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