The Social Investment Agency is the embodiment of one of the previous Government’s key policy planks, so what does it do under a Labour government? The acting Chief Executive Dorothy Adams tells Thomas Coughlan.
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Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni has announced the Government is seeking the views of the public and NGOs on how it uses people’s data to target spending with what the previous Government called a 'social investment approach'.
In this morning's email we detailed the Government's planned inquiry into abuse of both migrant workers and international students.
Carmel Sepuloni has inherited Bill English's social investment approach. She's not throwing it out, but she'd prefer to rebuild the social safety net rather than just targeting those who might fall through. Thomas Coughlan reports.
Bill English is leaving on his own terms as a popular politician with a passion for investing to lift people out of poverty and reduce their reliance on the state. But his vision was only partly achieved. His bigger legacy was successfully managing the economy through the GFC in tandem with John Key, writes Bernard Hickey.
In today's email we find a landmine for the incoming Reserve Bank governor to defuse.
Bill English was just starting to roll out his social investment idea throughout Government when he lost power. His frustration at Labour's reluctance to wholeheartedly adopt the idea was evident in an interview with Thomas Coughlan.
Will Bill English's vision of highly targeted and data-driven welfare spending survive under Jacinda Ardern? Thomas Coughlan reports it is likely to morph rather than disappear.
In today's email, we cover look into how the new Government's early delivery on transparency has been poor, despite its promises.