The work to get fair funding and fair pay in social services continues......

March 2020 - Good piece on One News about the continuing problem for NGOs arising from inadequate funding to pay competitive wages.  We're looking for a boost to funding in the 2020 Budget as a step towards sorting this out.  Minister Carmel Sepuloni is quoted in the piece referring to work being done on the best way to fund social services.  Really pleased she has commissioned this much-needed work and pleased to be involved with it - but it is explicitly NOT looking at the level of funding needed.  Hence my focus on the Government addressing that in the Budget.  Big thanks to Judy Matai'a at ATWC and to Andy Pilbrow at Birthright Hawkes Bay and their collegues who also featured.  The real life stories make a difference.

SSPA and members call for fair funding

February 2020 - read the joint letter to Ministers from SSPA and our members calling on the Government to take the following three steps in the 2020 Wellbeing budget:

  • Announce as part of this investment the allocation of an additional $300 million into current NGO social services baseline funding.

  • Address the broader funding gap facing NGO social services by including in Budget 2020’s Child Wellbeing package a commitment to fully funding all contracts for essential services delivered by NGO social services.

  • Announce your commitment, in the longer term, to implementing the broader package of recommendations to ensure sustainability of NGO social services, as set out in the Funding Gap report.  Read more here

Pay Equity Media Coverage

January 2020 - It was great to hear some excellent coverage of this issue on Radio NZ.  Big thanks to Zoe Truell (Lifewise), Andy Pilbrow (Birthright Hawkes Bay) and Libby Robins (Family Help Trust) for talking on radio about the impact of the pay gap.
Listen to the RNZ report here - Job Applicants Turned Away as Social Work Agency Can't Afford Them
Click here for the RNZ article - NGO Social Work Agencies Feeling the Pinch After Oranga Tamariki Pay Rise
Press release from ANZASW highlighting the latest news coverage - To Keep NGO Services Open, Close the Pay Gap

Fair funding for NGO social services in the 2020 wellbeing budget

January 2020 - In the lead up to the general election, SSPA will be pushing for political party policies that respond to the issues we have been raising about fair funding and fair pay.  Here is the latest letter from SSPA National Manager Brenda Pilott to the key Ministers about making our sector one of the Budget priorities.

Report shows scale of funding gap for social service providers

2 September 2019 - SSPA has today released an independent study into the gap between what the social service sector is funded to deliver and what it in fact delivers.  The study by MartinJenkins found the government is underfunding social service providers delivering services that are essential to the wellbeing of New Zealand children, families, whānau and communities by an estimated $630 million a year.  SSPA is calling on the government to take serious steps in Budget 2020 to close the funding gap, and to commit to working with social service providers and the philanthropic sector on the longer term issues that are identified, to achieve an effective and sustainable funding model that ensures the wellbeing of all New Zealanders. 

Read the full report here.