This year’s budget, which will see $790 million set aside to alleviate child hardship, should take the pressure of low-income families in North Otago, Waitaki mayor Gary Kircher says.
Beneficiary families and low-income working families will get a boost of up to $25 a week as part of a child hardship package which is the centrepiece of Bill English’s seventh Budget, announced yesterday.
It is the first increase in core benefits, apart from inflation adjustments, since 1972 and will affect 110,000 families.
By Ruby Harfield and Brayden Lindsay
Pick up a copy of the Oamaru Mail for the full story…
New subscriptions – Subscription Payments – Delivery issues – Any other queries relating to your subscription
Tel: 03 433 0521
Phone lines are open 8.30am to 4pm weekdays.