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Luxon announces boost to Working for Families scheme

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Prime Minister Christopher Luxon, centre, has today announced an increase to the Working for Families scheme. File photo supplied

Prime Minister Christopher Luxon has announced the National-led coalition Government will put more money into some Kiwis’ pockets through an increase to Working for Families.

“We are starting our 100-day plan with a laser focus on bringing down the cost of living, because that is what is hurting families the most right now,” says Luxon, the MP for Botany.

“Six years of Labour has seen the cost-of-living crisis cause real pain in families who are working hard but feel like they are going backwards.

“New Zealanders up and down the country are struggling to pay for their groceries, mortgages and rents.

“Cabinet has confirmed that, as required by the Income Tax Act, Working for Families will be adjusted to compensate for the high inflation wreaking havoc on families’ budgets over the past year.

Luxon says Family Tax Credit rates will increase from $136 to $144 per week after tax for the eldest child, and from $111 to $117 per week for a subsequent child.

The Best Start tax credit rate will increase from $69 to $73 weekly after tax with the changes coming into effect on April 1 next year.

“Families have been feeling the impacts of the cost-of-living crisis, and this increase will be a welcome boost to the back pockets of those who most need it,” Luxon says.

“The cost of these changes is $769 million over four years and is already accounted for in the Pre-Election Fiscal Update (PREFU).

“Increasing Working for Families is just one part of the coalition Government’s plan to address the cost of living.”

He says as part of his Government’s 100-day plan the Reserve Bank will be focused on a single mandate of reducing inflation.

“The previous Government gave the Reserve Bank multiple priorities which meant it was not solely focused on keeping inflation at target.

“These measures will all help New Zealand families deal with the cost of living.”

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