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Community Agencies Better At Welfare Delivery - Dunne

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Peter Dunne
Peter Dunne

Wellington, Dec 21 NZPA - The Government is working on new ways to deliver welfare and United Future leader Peter Dunne says community agencies should return as primary providers.

"We need to return to the old notion of supporting communities caring for themselves," he said today.

"This should be the way a liberal society cares for its disadvantaged and at-risk people and families -- not through reliance on often monolithic and impersonal government-provided services."

NZPA reported last week that the government was focused on bringing together the different welfare agencies, as well as the justice and housing authorities, to help dysfunctional families through their difficulties.

Mr Dunne, Minister of Revenue, said there should be a "substantial shift of resources" away from government agencies.

"We're not talking about cutting government funding," he said.

"We want to ensure government funding is used more effectively, and we know that dollars invested in community organisations achieve a far greater social and economic return because community organisations are closer to and more in touch with the groups they serve."

Finance Minister Bill English said the Government was committed to creating new ways to deliver welfare because billions of dollars were being spent without achieving change.

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