Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Boost for lower-income working families welcomed

The Salvation Army Media Release

Boost for lower-income working families welcomed

Wellington 22 May 2008 - The Salvation Army is welcoming the Budget tax cut for lower-income working families, but is concerned there may not be enough assistance for beneficiary families who are unable to enter the workforce.

Salvation Army Social Policy and Parliamentary Unit Director Major Campbell Roberts says that it is pleasing to see tax cuts, which were targeted particularly at lower-income families.

'Lower income working families will really benefit from the changes to tax thresholds such as the new lower 12.5 per cent rate for income up to $14,000 as well as increases to Working for Families. This is good news.'

Other initiatives such as boosted social housing, increased funding for community groups, and increases for seniors and caregivers are also positive.

'It is pleasing that the Government has been able to fund these initiatives while at the same time protecting existing social investments.'

But Major Roberts says that one concern of The Salvation Army is that the Budget does not extend assistance to beneficiary families.

'The Government report "Pockets of Significant Hardship and Poverty" reveals significant pockets of poverty in New Zealand, particularly in areas such as south and west Auckland.

'These families are struggling with rising food, petrol and other costs, but they will not see any relief from this Budget.'


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Election Season: Scoop Launches New Q&A Website

Any Questions is a Q & A website where New Zealanders can ask the questions of political parties in the lead up to the election. This is part of our “Opening the Election” initiative.

It’s an easy way to find out party positions and allows you to view candidates’ answers side by side. It’s also a way for you to make your voice heard this election, and get the parties talking about the things that are important to you. More>>


Shiny And Chrome: Nats' New $10.5bn Roads Of National Significance

National is committing to the next generation of Roads of National Significance, National Party Transport Spokesperson Simon Bridges says. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Why Labour Isn’t Responsible For Barnaby Joyce

As a desperate Turnbull government tries to treat the Barnaby Joyce affair as a Pauline Hanson fever dream – blame it on the foreigners! We’re the victims of the dastardly New Zealand Labour Party! – our own government has chosen to further that narrative, and make itself an accomplice. More>>


Rail: Greens Back Tauranga – Hamilton – Auckland Service

The Green Party today announced that it will trial a passenger rail service between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga starting in 2019, when it is in government. More>>


Housing: Voluntary Rental Warrant Of Fitness For Wellington

Wellington City Council is partnering with the University of Otago, Wellington, to launch a voluntary Rental Warrant of Fitness for minimum housing standards in Wellington, Mayor Justin Lester has announced. More>>


Treaty: Agreement In Principle Signed With Moriori

“The Crown acknowledges Moriori was left virtually landless from 1870, hindering its cultural, social and economic development. The Crown also acknowledges its contribution to the myths that the people of Moriori were racially inferior and became extinct." More>>


Susan Devoy: Call For Inquiry Into State Abuse Reaches UN

Race Relations Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy is in Geneva and has asked a United Nations committee to urge the New Zealand government to initiate an inquiry into the physical and sexual abuse of children and disabled people held in state institutions. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election