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Support for Children in Hardship Bill

Introduced following the Budget on May 21 would lift benefit levels for those with children by 25 dollars a week from April 2016 with commensurate movements in Working for Families payments. Also puts in place tighter work requirements. Sent to the Social Services Committee for consideration with just NZ First opposed. Reported back with minor amendments on October 27 and received its second reading on Nov 5. All parties in support of the bill, but Labour and others unhappy with the tighter work requirements. Committee stage interrupted on Nov 10. Committee stage completed on Dec 1 and divided into three bills which passed with all parties in favour on Dec 3. Support for Children in Hardship Bill