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Labour Ōtaki MP Terisa Ngobi commended Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s Government post-Budget 2021.
The New Zealand Government announced in this year’s Budget 2021 that Benefit payment increases will be introduced to boost those who are actively seeking jobs to find or are on the benefit while also bringing around 33,000 children out of poverty.
Read the full Budget here which announced other additions.
Ngobi says it was worth the anticipation for long-awaited changes to be made in the system.
“Coming from a public servant to now being in the House, when the Budget lockup happens is really exciting. It was worth the anticipation, I believe especially when you see the investments in children, families, small businesses, Māori and Pacific. People with disabilities, seniors; it is just amazing,” Ngobi said.
“I know some of you would have seen our pre-Budget announcements, especially the cervical breast screening that have come out and the papakainga work that they are doing for Māori.”
She adds that a commitment is being made to promoting progress from the Labour Party and is dedicated to reducing poverty in New Zealand. It follows through with the recovery of the Covid-19 Pandemic to support struggling families and more to get back on their feet.
People on the Main Benefit with children and Jobseekers will be given extra welfare support through Budget 2021. Main Benefits will increase between $32 and $55 per week by April 2022. That is $20 per week on July 1 and the rest on April 1 2022.
Student allowance/loans for living expenses will go up by $25 per week on April 1 2022.
“To see the lift in Benefit that’s probably [I’m getting emotional] is the biggest thing for us because we know that supporting people at the bottom of our social-economic makes sure that all of us have a Aotearoa (New Zealand),” Ngobi said.
“When we see some of our young people with no shoes, no food, some of our parents really struggling at the dinner table. This kind of investment from this Government, our Prime Minister right honourable Jacinda Ardern; I cannot stress enough how amazing that leadership is.”
Ngobi also mentioned Minister right honourable Grant Robertson and Minister for Social Development and Employment Carmel Sepuloni for helping out as part of announcing the Budget 2021.
Image/Video: Terisa Ngobi – Facebook
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