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Budget underwhelms Grey Power

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 26/05/2016

Grey Power has welcomed some of the budget initiatives but says it's disappointed with others.

National president Tom O'Connor says it doesn't do much for elderly people in the short term but there are "hopeful signs" that things could improve in the years ahead.

Grey Power represents an important group of voters - there are more than 600,000 people over 65 in New Zealand - and political parties take notice of them.

"We're pleased to note that national superannuation has been left untouched," Mr O'Connor said on Friday.

"And that government contributions to the superannuation fund will be resumed in the 2020/21 year, two years earlier than planned."

The bowel cancel screening roll out was "a commendable initiative".

But Grey Power isn't happy about health services for the elderly.

"The reality is that many of our hospitals simply can't cope with the demand for elective surgery to keep people mobile and in their own homes," Mr O'Connor said.

"That very serious matter needed a major injection of new money but, as I read the figures, that has not happened."

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