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Wednesday, June 3

$104 million lifeline for critical social services

The Minister of Social Development and Employment Paula Bennett has announced a $104 million lifeline for vital social services.

Prior to the Budget, Ms Bennett had announced up to $40 million would be available to the Community Response Fund in the first year.

The two-year Fund will support critical community and voluntary sector organisations during the recession.

Today in Parliament, Ms Bennett confirmed up to $64 million will be left in contingency for year two, bringing the total amount available to the Community Response Fund to $104 million.