SunLive – Government Support Lifts Aid to Recipients

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A report released today shows government support has increased financial assistance to recipients by 40% above inflation since 2018.

“This is the first time this dataset has been collected, and it clearly shows that government action is having an impact,” said Carmel Sepuloni.

“This government is committed to improving access to aid and increasing the value of that aid. This report shows that we are making progress.”

The report factors in inflation data through March 2022 and shows a 43% increase in income after housing costs. Adjusted for recent changes in inflation, the increase in total income in real terms is 40 percent. This figure does not take into account the Winter Energy Payment which is currently received by 1.1 million New Zealanders.

“The total income of families receiving a main benefit has increased by an average of $60 per week over the past year. While average incomes have risen across all family types over the past 12 months, the largest increases have generally been recorded for families with children, reflecting policy changes, particularly with respect to major unemployment rates. services”, explains Sepuloni.

“These income increases are the result of the policy decisions we made while in government to improve the living standards of New Zealanders who benefit.

“We recognize that costs are rising, which makes it even more important that we are able to support families with their financial needs. Total revenues have increased at a faster rate than inflation and we will continue to work with our families to ensure they are aware of the services available to them. »

The report only considers financial support and does not consider the known benefits of being in paid work.

“We know that being at work and contributing to a community provides important mental and emotional well-being and helps break the cycle of benefit dependency. As a government, our goal remains to put people to work,” says Sepuloni.

“The government continues to invest in programs to enable people to find work or study and while this report shows the substantial increases we have made across the benefit system, the inclusion of people in employment remains our priority. We are seeing good progress in this area, with the latest statistics showing that over 113,000 people have left benefits to go to work in the past 12 months.”

The report defines income as the amount families receive through a wide range of support, including the main benefit, housing supplement, and additional and other ad hoc support.

Reports on total revenues for major MSD customers will be published annually and refined as needed.

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