Nick Smith - Nelson MP, Minister National Government

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July 1 Policies Delivering for Families

01/07/2015

Nelson MP Nick Smith says a number of important policies come into effect today that will help families in Nelson and put more money back in your pocket.

“Around 12,000 children under the age of 13 in Nelson will have access to free GP visits and prescriptions,” Nick says.

“This policy will benefit more than 750,000 children across the country.

“We’re committed to giving children the best start in life and that means ensuring they’re able to go to the doctor any time of the day or night without their parents having to worry about the cost.

“Families will also benefit from an increase in paid parental leave payments to $516.85 a week.

“If you own a car you are now paying up to $130 less a year to register a petrol car. For owners of diesel cars the saving is even greater – up to $170 a year. This will mean more money in the pocket for vehicle owners in our region.

“In Budget 2015, we also signalled the ACC motor vehicle levy, which includes the annual licence and petrol levies, will likely drop again next year, saving vehicle owners on average a further $75 a year.

“Thanks to our careful management of the Government’s books we have been able to deliver these and other initiatives on 1 July.

“There is more assistance for solo parents who are studying.  

“More funding will be made available to hospices to help them expand their community palliative services to better support terminally ill people at home and in aged-care facilities.

“I welcome the investment of$1.8m region over the next four years.”

“These are yet more examples of how a growing and vibrant economy is delivering real benefits to Kiwi families.”

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