What will we be doing next?
Budget 2020 comes at an unprecedented time in New Zealand's economic and social history. Our Government took swift and decisive action early as we saw the COVID-19 pandemic take hold overseas. We moved quickly to cushion the blow and protect New Zealanders' jobs and the domestic economy from the virus, including investment to support our most vulnerable people.
Despite all the challenges we face, we remain committed to our long term objectives of reducing child poverty and improving child wellbeing. Our longer-term work programmes are now even more important - including the overhaul of the welfare system, implementing our Employment Strategy, improving access to affordable housing, and addressing inequities in health and education outcomes.
The immediate actions we have taken in response to COVID-19, and our investment in Budget 2020, will have significantly reduced the impact of the virus on households, including those on the lowest incomes. We will be able to observe the initial impact of the COVID-19 crisis and our response in our future reporting on child poverty.