With Labour, 70% of New Zealand families will be better off than with the package National announced in their election year Budget.
And by not giving a $400m tax cut to the top 10% of income earners, we’ll be able to do this for less money, leaving more to invest in homes, hospitals, schools and infrastructure – New Zealanders’ top priorities.
We’ll boost Working for Families. There’s more support for those currently receiving this vital payment and 30,000 families will start receiving payments for the first time.
We want every child to get the best start in life so we’ll help them with Best Start. Nearly 60,000 families with babies and toddlers will benefit from $60 per week of support in that important first year of a child’s life.
We’ll also introduce a Winter Energy Payment of up to $700 a year, to help those on a benefit and older New Zealanders keep warm throughout the winter, benefiting up to one million people.
These policies will provide real help to tens of thousands of Kiwi families and older people.
Government is about priorities and making choices.
Labour’s priorities are about those things that provide opportunity and security. The choice between Labour and National at this election is clear. Labour’s fresh approach to support those who need it most and to invest in the services that benefit all New Zealanders; and a National Party which, after nine years, plans to give $400m of tax cuts to the wealthiest 10% of New Zealanders.