Families package and other benefit boosts start today

A bunch of benefit boosts kick in today, 1 July. Those who qualify will get more money as they next payments become due.

Superannuants who get a winter payment, and families having babies or with eligible children will benefit. other families and individuals get nothing.

Beehive: Supporting New Zealand families

From 1 July 2018, thousands of New Zealanders will be eligible for extra support through the Government’s Families Package.

Working for Families

If you have children and your household earns up to $81,000 a year, you could be eligible for Working for Families tax credits. Some larger families earning more will also be eligible.

Calculator: check what you could get

Learn more about Working for Families

Best Start baby payments

If you have a baby born (or due to be born) on or after 1 July 2018, you will receive a $60 weekly payment until your child turns one. For parents who are taking paid parental leave, this payment begins after that leave ends.

If your household income is less than $79,000 a year, you will continue to receive Best Start until your child turns three.

Find out what you’re eligible for

Paid parental leave

We’re extending paid parental leave to 22 weeks from 1 July 2018. This will rise to 26 weeks by 2020.

Paid parental leave is available for new parents and other primary carers, such as adoptive parents and grandparents with full-time care.

Once Paid Parental Leave is finished, Best Start payments for families begin. For families receiving Paid Parental Leave, the Best Start tax credit will begin after Paid Parental Leave ends.

Find out more

Winter Energy Payment 

If you receive Superannuation, a Veteran’s Pension or a main benefit, you will receive this payment automatically from 1 July 2018 for 13 weeks. In future years, it will start on 1 May and continue for 22 weeks.

If you’re single, you’ll get an extra $20.46 a week.  Couples and people with dependent children will get an extra $31.82 a week.

Learn more

Help with housing costs

The Accommodation Supplement is a weekly payment that helps people with their rent, board or cost of owning a home.

Calculator: check what you’re eligible for

More details from Work and Income.

This all adds complexity to the myriad of benefits available.

It is simply for me – I get nothing from it. All I get is to gradually pay more income tax, and more fuel tax.

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  1. Gezza

     /  1st July 2018

    If you’re single, you’ll get an extra $20.46 a week. Couples and people with dependent children will get an extra $31.82 a week.

    My income this year will be less than $20k. I qualify for a Community Services card which knocks $2 off the normal overcharge for a doctor’s visit. And I don’t qualify for the Winter Energy Payment while Sir John Key & Sir Bob the whiner & other rich pricks do.

    So F you Labour.

    • Corky

       /  1st July 2018

      Would you have been better off under Nationals tax cuts?

      • Gezza

         /  1st July 2018

        No. So F them too.

        • Corky

           /  1st July 2018

          I know the feeling. Nothing in the kitty for me except sweet nothing. I would like to see Richard Branson try and sell that.

      • Gezza

         /  1st July 2018

        I’d be better off under Labour if I’d hit 65. Then it would only have to be F you National.

        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  1st July 2018

          Until Labour raise the retirement age which Key refused to do.

          • Gezza

             /  1st July 2018

            I’ll sneak in before they dare do that. So not a problem. In fact I don’t think they will do that. They’ll probably come up with a formula that results in future rich pricks not getting it but poor bastards still getting it. Or something. But to get back in they are probably going to have to hope like hell some brilliant officials can work out a way for that fucking idiot with the housing portfolio to get more young kiwis into actually affordable homes without having to shift to Southland.

            • Corky

               /  1st July 2018

              ”Shift to Southland.”

              I wouldn’t wish that on my worst enemy. Incidentally, SUNDAY will have a piece on the working poor tonight.

          • PartisanZ

             /  1st July 2018

            If we who have or will accept Super at 65 then raise the age to 67 we’ll be no better than the Rogereds and Ruths who pulled the Social Security ladder up after themselves, depriving their own children …

            Why aren’t the so-called “affluent nations” trying to find ways to lower retirement age? Along with shortening the working week and taking as much stress &/or disillusionment as possible out of employment?

            Replacing “employment” with ‘vocation’ or even calling?

            Even if it means radical reform of economics and our financial systems …?

  2. PartisanZ

     /  1st July 2018

    Nothing new about Accommodation Supplement.

    But all this is good, just in time for the melt-down …


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