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Salvation for the Salies likely from the Budget

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Latest Political News | Thursday May 2 2013 11:14

Salvation for the Salies likely from the Budget

Salvation looks set to be coming for one of the country's biggest charities.

The Salvation Army revealed earlier this week that it is facing the prospect of cutting 20 jobs due to a lack of financial support from the government.

The funding it has relied on is due to end in July when the Community Response Fund concludes.

But Social Development Minister Paula Bennett insists cuts are not being made, and promises there will be more funding in this month's Budget.

"What we just haven't done is continue a fund that we've always said would only be there for two years.

"In the Budget we will be looking at how we look after those budgeting services that do a great job on the ground, and we do see ourselves as having a role in supporting them more."

And the Minister has had a dig at the charity for going public with its concerns.

"I thought we had a good relationship with the Salvation Army.

"If they'd spoken to us beforehand ... we would have been able to reassure them that the funding would be there."

Photo / NZ Herald

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