A Budget for Waimakariri families

Waimakariri news
Thursday, May 21, 2015

Waimakariri families can welcome a Budget that delivers more support for families and communities, Waimakariri MP Matt Doocey says.

“This is my first Budget and my first term in the National-led Government, and I’m delighted with Budget 2015’s response in supporting families and children,” Doocey said.

The Waimakariri MP, who is the Deputy Chair of the Social Services Select Committee, welcomed a $790 million package over the next four years that delivers more child-care support for low-income families, a $25 a week increase in benefit rates for families with children and an increase in Working for Families payments to low-income families of $12.50 a week.

“I’m proud to be part of the National-led Government that has announced a $790m hardship package that will deliver the first benefit increase that is greater than inflation in 43 years since 1972. I was born in 1972!” Doocey said.

“As a dad, I’m happy to be part of a Budget that is supporting our most vulnerable children and, as someone who has worked in the mental health field, I know the importance of supporting children at this important development stage.”

Doocey said news of a contingency of up to $210 million for additional investment to bring ultra-fast broadband to 80 percent of New Zealanders and an extension of the Telecommunications  Development Levy to provide $150 million for major improvements in rural broadband and to fill mobile black spots would be widely hailed across his electorate.

“Broadband connectivity is an issue that I hear about all over my electorate as more people take advantage of ever increasing technology. Local home-based businesses, farmers and students trying to get online during peak times all rely on fast and reliable connectivity. The issue has become critical to our region’s economic growth,” Doocey said.