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Budget Policy Statement 2016

Delivering better public services

The Government has ensured departments and other agencies are focused squarely on getting better results for New Zealanders. As part of this, the Prime Minister has set 10 challenging results for the public service to achieve, including reducing crime, long-term welfare dependency and educational underachievement.

Budget 2016 will continue to support this focus on results as well as its programme of social investment, which applies rigorous and evidence-based investment practices to social services. The Government is looking to invest early to assist vulnerable people to change their lives and become more independent.

A priority in the Budget will therefore be spending to achieve better outcomes for New Zealanders, and to meet demand and other pressures on social spending, most of which is made up of spending on health, education and income support transfers. There will also be a strong focus on driving the best value from existing spending.

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