(um..!..no..! – the current tory new zealand government also has its’ hand firmly on the tiller of the good ship ‘austerity’…
they also don’t give a flying fuck about the homeless/rough sleepers in every new zealand city/town..
a prime requisite for the tory-mindset is to be uncaring of the havoc tory-politics cause..)
Unravelling austerity would mean changing the Tory mindset – which isn’t going to happen.
So typically no extra funds are being made available for modest increases in the pay of police and prison officers.
The relevant departments have been told that the extra funds must come from within their own budgets for the current year.
So something else will have to give.
Meanwhile the austerity that is visible in the street as we walk past rough sleepers continues as ‘welfare reform’ does its dreadful work.
Indeed yesterday we learnt that ‘homelessness in all its forms has significantly increased in recent years’.