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NSW Budget 2012-13 will it make NSW Number 1 for Fairness? PDF Print

10 June 2012

NCOSS has called on the NSW Government to balance fairness with fiscal responsibility when it hands down the State Budget on Tuesday.

NCOSS Director, Alison Peters said "The NSW Government has said its focus is on restoring the state's finances so it can fund programs, services and infrastructure. This must not be at the cost of reducing support to people who need that assistance now."

Late last year, NCOSS released its 2012-13 Pre Budget Submission Making NSW Number 1 for Fairness which outlined measures that are necessary to make a difference and reduce levels of disadvantage. Recommendations included:

  • Investment to increase the supply of social and affordable housing;
  • Increased funding for the public dental system; and
  • Funding for NGOs to meet increased wages as a result of the Equal Pay case in line with the Government's commitment to meet their fair share.

Ms Peters said, "It makes absolute sense to invest in programs and support that help people when they most need it so they can get back on their feet and take charge of their own lives. This is an investment that helps the NSW economy in the longer term and builds a strong and fair NSW."

NCOSS will be available for comment on the Budget from 1pm on Tuesday, 12 June.

Media Contact: Alison Peters, Director 0425 231 814 (mob)