Government won't adopt suicide reduction target

Newshub understands a suicide reduction target will not be adopted by the Government.

The mental health inquiry wanted New Zealand's shocking suicide rates reduced by 20 percent by 2030.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has always said she struggled with the idea because we should have zero tolerance to suicide and adopting a target suggests we tolerate any number.

Governments are also historically wary of being held accountable if a target isn't met.

The Prime Minister on Monday laid out arguments against a target.

"There are many competing views both by those who have experienced suicide in their families, users of services, and those expressed by the inquiry. It's one in which people have often taken different sides."

Newshub also understands the Budget will have pictures, perhaps to soften the blow that there will be no lolly scramble this year.

The Government's made a lot of pre-Budget announcements - it's managing expectations about what's left to spend.

It wants to look fiscally responsible while also saving the Budget bribes for the 2020 election year.

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