Praise for Paula Bennett from National Network of Stopping Violence Services manager Brian Gardner:
He gave credit to Social Development Minister Paula Bennett.
“I think I need to give the minister half a bouquet, or two-thirds of a bouquet,” he said. “She has listened to what has come out of communities saying what makes a difference.”
Good to see credit given where it’s due.
Local family violence agencies have won a one-year reprieve before the Government introduces a radical new results-based system of funding social services.
Last week’s Budget has quietly extended a $2.8 million allocation for 32 local agencies to co-ordinate work to reduce family violence until June next year.
* What: Agencies paid by client numbers.
* Incentive: Compete to attract clients from any source.
* What: Agencies paid on agreed milestones, eg, getting someone a job.
* Incentive: Work with everyone who can help, eg, schools, training agencies, drug/alcohol services.
(source NZ Herald)