Member for Manly, James Griffin has slammed the NSW Budget for its lack of empathy towards those on ‘Struggle Street’, who are wrestling with the cost-of-living crisis.

Mr Griffin said the Budget shows the Minns Labor Government will collect more revenue than any previous NSW Government yet doesn’t offer a cent for new cost-of-living support.

“We hear, ‘Life is not meant to be easy’, but was it really meant to be this hard?

“Certainly, the Minns Labor Government’s failure to provide any new cost-of-living relief is not helping,” Mr Griffin said.

Families are especially hard hit following the Government’s earlier withdrawal of Back-to-School vouchers, which were introduced by the Liberals and Nationals to provide $150 per year, per child to assist with the cost of school supplies, uniforms, and technology.

The Labor Government’s restrictions on the eligibility for Active Kids and Creative Kids vouchers have also made it difficult for many families to give their children the opportunity to more fully develop their talents and abilities.

 “If the Government couldn’t introduce new, innovative ways to provide cost-of-living support, then at least it could have reintroduced what it had taken away,” Mr Griffin said.

“Thankfully the Government hasn’t slashed funding to the North Head Treatment Plant.”

The Budget has allocated more than $24 million to Sydney Water for the ongoing upgrade of the facility and more than $33 million for ongoing minor works.

Almost $3 million has been committed to the ongoing upgrade of the Manly Village Public School, while $350,000 is dedicated to the ongoing employment of 14 school crossing supervisors.

More than $25,000 has also been allocated towards the upgrade of social housing in the Manly electorate.

Mr Griffin said, “The allocations are welcome but so much more could have been done.”

“We deserve a government that is far better at seeing the needs of people and meeting them.” Mr Griffin said.