Social Sector ($665.3 million operating total and $87.2 million total capital)
As we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, our people and our communities will need assistance as the country returns to a normal way of life. We know that return may be harder for some communities than for others. Budget 2020 provides substantial investment in both government and non-government social services to support New Zealanders' employment, housing and broader life outcomes. It includes investment in initiatives to grow strong and resilient communities. It also supports vulnerable and marginalised populations, with a particular focus on the elderly, people with disabilities and victims of domestic violence.
Key initiatives in this area include:
- Community Services: Family Violence Services ($183 million operating total). This package will deliver the largest funding boost for family violence service providers in over a decade so they can recruit and develop highly capable staff and respond to the demand they are facing. This package funds crisis response services for victims of family violence and provides support services for those experiencing elder abuse, and treatment and help for family violence perpetrators. Funding is also provided for refuge safe houses.
- Community Services: Keeping Community-Based Services Open for Disabled People ($43.3 million operating total). This funding enables community-based service providers funded by the Ministry of Social Development to support disabled people to participate in, and contribute to, their wider community. Services include participation in vocational and community-based day programmes. The approach is based on the Enabling Good Lives principles, which aim to enhance the mana and quality of life of disabled people.
- Community Services: Improving Access to Support Services for Communities in Regional New Zealand ($19.8 million operating total). This funding will provide increased accessibility for rural communities to both government and non-government services based on the Heartland Model. Rural community services are often the only way for clients in geographically isolated areas to access a broad range of support. The Heartland Services and Information and Advisory Service offers a valuable contribution to rural communities. This funding will focus on strengthening, enhancing and expanding these services to better support those in rural regions by increasing community cohesion and reducing social isolation.