As part of Budget 2020 [The Treasury guide 'Putting it Together'(external link) provides an overview of New Zealand’s State sector finance system and how the Budget process works, $8.180 million of funding was provided to ensure an effective, timely Crown Response to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions (the Abuse in Care Inquiry). The following table shows how the funding is spread across a two appropriations [an appropriation is a parliamentary authorisation for the Crown or an Office of Parliament to incur expenses or capital expenditure] and Votes [a Vote is a grouping of one or more appropriations that are the responsibility of a Minister of the Crown and are administered by a department. Votes generally take the name of the portfolio of the Vote Minister].

The funding covers a cross-agency Crown Secretariat to deliver a coordinated Crown approach, legal support for representation and procedural questions, support services for affected staff, and specialist records and research support to agencies to provide information to the Abuse in Care Inquiry and individuals affected by the Inquiry.

 

Vote and appropriation

What it covers for the Crown Response

Funding for the Crown Response ($, million)

Vote Oranga Tamariki

Appropriation: Crown Response to the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-Based Institutions (M66)

A separate appropriation that covers funding for:

  • Crown Secretariat, cross-agency legal support for representation and procedural questions, cross-agency specialist records and research support, and cross-agency staff support services

5.964

Vote Internal Affairs

Appropriation: National Archival and Library Services (M41)

Included within the ongoing multi-category expense appropriation for the management and provision of access to knowledge and information for New Zealand and supporting government accountability is funding for:

  • Archives NZ records digitisation

2.166

 

Total

8.130

The funding is for one year only. The Crown Response will be applying for the following year’s funding as part of each Budget process. This will help ensure that agencies are responding to the specific needs of the Abuse in Care Inquiry and people affected by the Inquiry in a given year.

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