We’ve focused on investing in the areas where we can make the most positive differences for families whether it’s in rolling out free doctor’s visits for under 13s, supporting our young people to succeed in school, ensuring parents know how well their kids are doing or helping more Kiwis break the cycle of welfare dependence through getting back to work.
Last year, we become the first government in 40 years to lift benefits in real terms, seeing fewer families facing hardship and lifting more children out of poverty.
As part of Budget 2017, we continued our drive toward lifting the incomes of lower and middle income earners with our Family Incomes Package. From April next year, changes to tax thresholds will see approximately 1.3m working families increase their incomes by an average of $26 per week, with more for people on lower incomes and with high housing costs. Superannuitants will get $13 more per week per couple, in addition to their normal annual increase.
At the core of our economic approach is in enabling more Kiwi families to spend more of their own money and empowering them to make the decisions best for them.