Increasing main benefits

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Children and young people have what they need

Lead agency:
Ministry of Social Development
Action timeframe:
From April 2020

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, main benefits were increased by $25 per week from 1 April 2020.  These increases were in addition to those already agreed as part of the 2020 Annual General Adjustment process in which main benefits were indexed to the average wage for the first time.  The combined increases meant that most rates increased by around $30 – $35 per week.