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Brash: Families crucial building blocks

Brash: Families crucial building blocks

National will let families keep more of their income, so our kids get a better start in life, National Party Leader Don Brash said today in launching National’s Families brochure in Auckland.

“Families are the crucial building blocks of our society. In today’s world, more and more pressure is placed on families, and we understand that. National will make government more family-friendly,” said Dr Brash.

“National will allow two-income and single parent families to deduct pre-school childcare costs from their taxable income, up to a total of $5000 per child each year. Childcare costs are a serious burden for many families. Parents need help with these costs and they need flexibility when making their childcare choices.

“And we will lower taxes overall, so families can share in our recent good economic fortune. National’s fair tax plan will give families more after-tax income to help meet the costs of modern family life.

“We will also make sure the education system responds to the needs of those with the biggest stake in it - our children. NCEA needs to be fixed so parents and pupils can trust it. Labour’s priority in education is to keep teacher unions happy. National’s first priority is our children.

“National knows how important families are, and we are determined to give them the best chance to provide a secure upbringing for their children,” said Dr Brash.

Next week, more than a million households around the country will receive National’s Families brochure.


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