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According to the NSW Council of Social Service (NCOSS), the 2017–18 New South Wales State Government Budget is a missed opportunity to invest in people and stop the growing number of people and families reaching crisis point.

NCOSS CEO, Tracy Howe, said much of this year’s Budget is business as usual and considering the billions of dollars in surplus, the peak body was hoping to see significantly more investment in communities rather than physical infrastructure of roads and buildings.

“NCOSS welcomes certain Budget measures, such as $6 million in funding for community legal centres, $20 million for community-based mental health services, and additional money for oral health services. But with a $4.5 billion surplus, we should be seizing this opportunity to invest in people as well as infrastructure,” said Ms Howe.

Ms Howe said she was particularly disappointed by the limited investment in early intervention initiatives and early learning, and noted that the budget also fails to address the growing cost of living pressures for people on very low incomes, particularly the sky-rocketing cost of energy.

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