Tight times are here to stay, says English. By Audrey Young
Finance Minister Bill English has a blunt message about Government spending as he prepares his first Budget.
"Restraint is permanent," he says.
That is what he wants New Zealanders to realise, and it is what he told a group of department heads last week.
"For the rest of their careers, there isn't going to be more money or more people," he said.
The latest Crown accounts show tax revenue $1 billion down on October's forecasts.
Decisions on the Budget - to be delivered on May 28 - are likely to be made on the basis of Treasury forecasts in April.