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Otaki MP says Budget 2014 great news for local families
May 2014

Otaki MP Nathan Guy has welcomed Budget 2014, particularly the boost to paid parental leave and free doctors' visits for under-13s.

"A growing economy means the Government can invest in a $500 million package for children and families. This will make a real difference for local families in Kapiti and Horowhenua," Mr Guy says.

The Budget includes:

  • Paid parental leave will be extended by four weeks starting with a two-week extension from 1 April 2015, and another two weeks from 1 April 2016. The eligibility of paid parental leave will also be expanded to include caregivers other than parents (for example, permanent guardians), and to extend payments to people in less-regular work or who recently changed jobs.
  • $42 million to increase the parental tax credit from $150 a week to $220 a week, and increase the entitlement from eight weeks to 10 weeks, from 1 April 2015.
  • $90 million to provide free GP visits and free prescriptions for children aged under 13, starting on 1 July 2015.
  • An additional $156 million to help early childhood education centres to remain accessible and affordable, meet demand pressures and increase participation towards the Government's 98 per cent target.
  • $33 million in 2014/15 to help vulnerable children, including eight new children's teams around the country to identify and work with at-risk children and their families, to screen people who work with children, and to support children in care.

    "I'm also very pleased to see $110 million of new money over the next four years to provide even more elective surgery, including hip and knee replacements.

    "Overall, New Zealand's public health services budget will reach a record $15.6 billion next year.

    "ACC is on track to provide further levy reductions. Depending on the outcome of public consultation, the average levy for a private motor vehicle could fall by around $130 a year from July 2015.

    "It's great to see the Government's accounts back into surplus next year. This is a huge achievement, given the challenges we've faced with a global recession and major earthquakes in Christchurch," says Mr Guy.

    Graeme (added 256 weeks ago)
    Where are the real jobs Nathan?
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