The second part of the Government’s Families Package, which aims to improve incomes for low and middle income families with children, takes effect from 1 July. Thanks for your help communicating these changes to our clients.
Timing of Families Package payments
People’s first July payment won’t include the full increase as 1 July falls part way through a payment period. That’s because we pay for the week (or fortnight for NZ Super/Veteran’s Pension clients) that’s just been.
For people getting a benefit (paid Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday):
- Week beginning 2 July – people will get one day of Winter Energy Payment and any other Families Package changes
- Week beginning 9 July – people will get their full new weekly amount.
For people getting NZ Super and Veteran’s Pension:
- 10 July – people will get 10 days of Winter Energy Payment
- 24 July – people will get their full new fortnightly amount.
Changes from 1 July
The Winter Energy Payment will be paid automatically to everyone who’s eligible. No one needs to apply. This year it will be paid from 1 July to 29 September. Single people will get $20.46 a week, and couples or people with dependent children will get $31.82.
NZ Super/Veteran’s Pension couples who have separate bank accounts will get the full amount ($31.82 a week) paid into one of their accounts. Unfortunately we can’t split the payment.
There is a new Best Start tax credit for families with a child born (or due) on or after 1 July 2018. They’ll get $60.00 a week for each child until they turn one, and for families earning under $79,000 a year until the child turns three.
The Working for Families Family Tax Credits are increasing. From 1 July 2018, the eldest child rate will increase to $113.00 a week and the rate for other children will increase to $91.25 a week.
People getting Orphan’s or Unsupported Child’s Benefit for children in their care will get an increase, and (not part of the Families Package) they’ll also get a new Clothing Allowance for each child they’re looking after.
All changes to MSD clients’ payments will be made automatically.