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Social Assistance Legislation (Budget 2019 Welfare Package) Amendment Bill

09 July 2019.

We have released the Cabinet material relating to the Government’s Welfare Package as part of Budget 2019.

This Welfare Package included three key changes to the welfare system:

  • removing deductions for sole parent beneficiaries who fail to apply for child support by repealing section 192 of the Social Security Act
  • indexing main benefit rates to increases in the net average wage; and
  • increasing abatement thresholds in line with planned increases to the minimum wage until 2023 for main benefits, New Zealand Superannuation and Veteran’s Pension.
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