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Families Package Information Release

Issue date: 
Wednesday, 28 March 2018
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Current
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2017/18

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The Treasury has released documents relating to the Government's Families Package.

On 14 December 2017 the Government introduced its Families Package in line with its commitments under its 100 day plan. This package of measures is designed to provide targeted assistance to improve the incomes of low-and middle-income families with children. 

As part of this commitment, the Government has decided to repeal elements of the 2017 Family Incomes Package. This involves reversing the tax cuts to allow the Government to reinvest that money elsewhere. A significant proportion of the increased revenue would be redistributed in order to:

  1. Increase Working for Families tax credits, 
  2. Introduce two new transfer payments (Best Start and Winter Energy Payment), 
  3. Reinstate the Independent Earner Tax Credit, 
  4. Retain the Accommodation Supplement changes from Budget 2017. 

Documents on this page are the advice the Government received from the Treasury (and in many cases Ministry of Social Development and Inland Revenue) regarding the development of this package. This includes reports and Cabinet papers covering the period from 31 October 2017 to 11 December 2017.

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