Budget 2020 - An opportunity lost or just deferred?
On May 15 we broadcast our annual post-budget event From Lockdown to Unlocking Potential and the live Q&A online. Facilitated by award-winning documentary-maker Bryan Bruce, it included contributions from Professor Susan St John, Dr Matire Harwood, Dr Andrea Black, and Professor Peter O'Connor.
We also analysed and produced a rapid, yet in-depth analysis of the implications of Budget 2020 for children and families in poverty. Our analysis, which notes both our disappointment and our hope, can be read here.
Although we are heartened by the extra investment in housing, health, environment and education, we are disappointed the Government did not take this opportunity to properly fix our broken social welfare system and unlock children from poverty.
As noted above, our focus now will move to strongly urging the Government to use the unallocated funds to systematically address child poverty in New Zealand and unlock healthy and happy childhoods for all.
Click below to download the full Budget 2020 Review.