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Social Service Providers Te Pai Ora o Aotearoa (SSPA) welcomes initiatives in Budget 2023 that will make a difference for families and whānau, and the community-based social services providers who support them.

However, SSPA cautions that the short-term nature of many of the initiatives means that greater long-term, sustainable investment is still needed. Especially for children, rangatahi, families and whānau in the most challenging circumstances, and in the capacity, capability and wellbeing of Aotearoa New Zealand’s community-based social services. Dr Claire Achmad, SSPA’s Chief Executive Officer also noted it is disappointing the budget does not continue to build on the Government’s initiative to invest in social services kaimahi hauora through cyclone recovery grants.

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