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English rejects Labour's budget figures

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 30/05/2017

The numbers game has started again in parliament with Labour using the first question time since the budget to pick it apart.

Party leader Andrew Little kicked off Tuesday in the House by asking Prime Minister Bill English whether he knew the budget cut elective surgery funding by $10 million, new Crown land funding would provide only 1200 houses and early childhood centres were losing an average $15,000.

"No, because that's not correct," Mr English told him.

"He should stop relying on (finance spokesman) Grant Robertson's figures."

Mr Little insisted funding for district health boards was inadequate, which Mr English described as "theoretical calculations".

The Labour leader shifted to Working for Families and the increases announced in the budget.

"Why, when in 2010 he and his government cut $700 million out of Working for Families, have they only restored $370m?" Mr Little asked.

Mr English said Labour was clearly becoming desperate.

"They're now defining a cut as a smaller increase than a bigger one it could have had."

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