COMMENT:

Does the wellbeing approach to setting budget priorities represent the profound and progressive change the Government makes it out to be? Only time will tell.

It is normal, after all, for a Budget to include initiatives the Government of the day believes will benefit people in some way, so whether this will prove to be a substantive, rather than a merely presentational, shift will take several Budgets to really tell.

That said, indexing the main benefits to wage growth, as New Zealand Superannuation has long been, will see that income support slowly but steadily rise in real terms. It

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