6 May 2016

Ministry of Social Development cuts funding to providers

12:23 pm on 6 May 2016

The Ministry of Social Development has cut nearly $400,000 of funding to community providers.

In a newsletter sent out this week, the ministry says 14 social service providers won't have their contracts renewed when they expire at the end of June.

Ministry deputy chief executive Murray Edridge said the funding would be put back into services that better addressed government priorities.

The ministry gives about $300m to community social services each year.

The National Council of Women and a community support group, Hui E, which connects different service providers, are two of the providers whose contracts have been cut.

Hui E general manager Peter Glensor said he understood the other providers to lose contracts are small regional services.