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Budget Policy Statement 2017

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 2017 will continue to support this focus on results, as well as the Government's programme of social investment which applies rigorous and evidence-based investment practices to social services.

This approach is ensuring the Government can invest early to address some of the chronic drivers of dysfunction in society and to support the most vulnerable into more independent lives.

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 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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