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6:22 am, September 14th, 2017 - 5 comments
Categories: families, jacinda ardern, labour - Tags: #ChangeTheGovt, calculator, families package, let's do this, policy
One major fact largely absent (for obvious reasons) from the scaremongering about tax, is that under Labour’s Families Package 70% of families with kids do better than they do under National’s tax plan.
Calculator shows Labour’s Families Package delivers
Labour has launched a new online calculator that show how much extra families with kids will get from Labour’s Families Package, says Leader of the Opposition Jacinda Ardern.
“Families can go to www.labour.org.nz/calculator and see how much better off they will be with Labour thanks to our Families Package.
“Labour’s Families Package, which we released in July, is carefully targeted to deliver for families, especially those with young kids. We want our children to get the best start in life without poverty. That’s why our Families Package includes a $60 a week Best Start payment for families with babies and toddlers.
“This targeted approach means that a family on $50,000 with a new-born and a three year old with is $131 a week better off. The same family gets just $39 from National. We can do this, with a less expensive package overall, because we aren’t giving tax cuts that deliver $400m a year to the top 10 per cent of earners.
“Overall, 70 per cent of families with kids get more from Labour’s Families Package than they do under National’s plan. It is the cornerstone of our plan to reduce poverty and boost incomes for families on middle incomes,” says Jacinda Ardern.
Check out the calculator, and more details here.
Find out how much better off your family with be with Labour, by using our Families Package calculator: https://t.co/T3KfvU2bwM
— New Zealand Labour (@nzlabour) September 13, 2017
This how much extra your family would get, according to Labour https://t.co/ZAc5RkhzhJ #Decision17 pic.twitter.com/YzZImpuPUr
— Newshub Politics (@NewshubPolitics) September 13, 2017
The calculator is misleading.
For example it asks how many children you have under 1, then for each one it promises you $60 a week/$3120 a year. The problem is that for higher earners their child will be above 1 and ineligible for this payment by the time it comes in. So they will get zero or close to it, not $3120 “a year” which implies ongoing benefit. For people who aren’t prepared to get into the nitty gritty of the policy this is highly misleading. Sad.
Don’t worry about it. It was announced about 24 hours ago so it won’t be relevant anymore. Just like the tax policy that has gone into a high speed reverse.
“under Labour’s Families Package 70% of families with kids”*
*if your child is under 1
I hope Labour can do something to help to-be young families.
There is a serious problem when unexpected pregnancy turns to severe sickness
you can’t do your job and need the pay to keep your mortgage.
Gosh I feel inadequate. I haven’t a smart putdown of Labour that comes to mind.
I hope that they will make their calculations a bit clearer so that these sour old types have nothing to moan about and fault.