Here come the pre-election pork barrels: National roll out a brand new trough

Troughs of all sizes are troughs nonetheless. National have created a new one just in time for election year next year.

People seeking government money for community projects can apply under a new programme.

The Community-Led Development Programme (CLDP) replaces the Community Development Scheme (CDS) and comes as a pilot ends on June 30.

“The programme will allow selected communities to identify community aspirations, then partner with the Department of Internal Affairs, other government agencies, local government, private funders, businesses and local iwi to achieve their goals,” says Jo Goodhew, the community and voluntary sector minister.?

The CLDP budget starts at $1 million in 2016-17, rising to $3.56 million in 2019-20.

During the same period the CDS will be phased out. All funding from the CLDP pilot and the CDS will be combined for the CLDP.

Partnering with the Department of Internal Affairs sounds so appealing.

I can’t stand troughs, of any sort, but I can’t even work out what that is supposed to actually be achieving that isn’t being achieved with a myriad of other troughs.

 

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