Let it go: Devolving power and resources to improve lives - NZIER working paper 2023/02

December 14, 2023


New Zealand's social assistance system does not meet the needs of people experiencing persistent disadvantage.

The government should introduce a deliberate strategy of using a people-centred, devolved approach to address persistent disadvantage.

Under a devolved system, power over what to do, when, how and even why rests with the people experiencing disadvantage and the organisations helping them build a better life.

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