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Thursday, September 21, 2017

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Making a positive difference in meaningful ways

Scott Simpson
Coromandel MP

I know how our local communities value strong social services – and particularly health services – because we never know when a family member may need a hospital or some other medical service.

These situations are usually unplanned and it’s good to know we have a strong public health system here in the Western Bay, when around the world governments are freezing or cutting health expenditure.

The world economy is far from secure. New Zealand has been through some very tough economic times in recent years.

But even during the toughest economic times investing in health has been a hallmark of all seven Budgets presented by Finance Minister Bill English.

I’m delighted the Government is committed to providing strong public services for all New Zealanders.

In this year’s Budget an extra $320 million is being made available for additional services and to allow for population changes.

This will include resources for the prevention of orthopaedic conditions, support 60 new nurse specialists and provide more New Zealanders with timely elective surgery. In short that means more hip and knee replacements.

It’s our seniors, who particularly rely heavily on public health services. I fully support what the Government is doing to ensure the security, wellbeing and respect all our seniors deserve.

The Budget also allows for ACC levies to be cut. Everyone will notice a big reduction in their vehicle registration fees from July 1 – and it’s this kind of saving that has a real impact for both families and businesses.

Overall, the Budget has been very well received. People have been telling me the targeted approach of supporting those most in need while at the same time encouraging all those that can, into work, sets the balance of support and work incentives about right.

I’m very proud to be part of a National-led Government that’s making a positive difference in meaningful ways for the largest possible number of New Zealanders.

Please never hesitate to make contact with me if I can be of assistance with any matter. Call 07 549 4312 for any constituent enquiries, or email mpcoromandel@parliament.govt.nz

For more information from Parliament and around the electorate follow me on Twitter @scottsimpsonmp

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