6 May 2014

Budget service concerned about funding

11:34 am on 6 May 2014

A budget service in south Auckland is worried a new boost in government funding won't go far in keeping up with growing demand.

The Government's guaranteed $22 million in funding over four years for community budgeting services.

Social Development Minister Paula Bennett says there's been a shortfall of funding in recent years but that the boost goes beyond what the sector was expecting.

The chief executive of the Mangere Budgeting Services trust Darryl Evans says he's gone from seeing 35 families a week, to 35 families a day over recent years.

He says the money's needed to help deal with the increase.

But Mr Evans says when it's divided between the 160-or-so services throughout the country, the funding is equal to only about $27,000 a year, per service.