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Budget a surprise but not a plan
1 May 2015
“I’m surprised” says Children’s Commissioner Dr Russell Wills following today’s Budget announcement. “I wasn’t expecting Government to increase incomes for the poorest families with children.” “I’m pleased to see the Government has recognised that incomes for families with children matter, and has raised incomes for both beneficiary families and those working. “A weekly rise in benefits of up to $25 for families at the hardest end will be helpful for a family with one child, though less so for those with more children, as the increase is per family, rather than per child. It’s also a pity these children have to wait another year - a year is a long time in the life of a child. “Let’s be clear, a one-off increase is not a plan for child poverty.