April brings more support for families

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Careful economic management has made extra support for families possible says Coromandel MP, Scott Simpson.

“From 1 April many New Zealanders will benefit from increases to the minimum wage, paid parental leave and benefits.

“The minimum wage is increasing to $15.25 an hour.

“It is a fine balance between ensuring those on the lowest incomes are paid more without jobs being put at risk.

For the first time in 43 years, benefit rates are rising beyond the rate of inflation for families with children. They will receive an extra $25 a week from 1 April.

“Encouraging people to return to work remains a priority so we’re increasing support for parents who work.

Working for Families payments will increase by $24.50 for very low income families, and up to $12.50 a week for low income families.

“These changes will help more than half a million children, including 190,000 children in benefit-dependent homes. We’ve got many people living and working in the Coromandel electorate who will find these increases really helpful.

Paid parental leave increases to 18 weeks, as is being extended to cover to more work circumstances. 

“It is terrific that new parents will get more paid parental leave to spend with their newest family member.

“These increases show our growing economy is translating into real benefits for Coromandel families.