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State care boost: $150m announced to help young people transition into adulthood

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Section
Audio,
Publish Date
Monday, 27 May 2019, 6:39AM
Children's Minister, Tracey Martin, told Kate Hawkesby it's designed to ensure no one has to figure it out for themselves.

Helping young people stay connected and supported is a key part of the Government's latest announcement.

More than $150 million is being invested over the next four years into a new support service to help young people transition from state care into adulthood.

The funding's expected to help about 3000 young people aged 18 to 25.

It will also fund those aged over 18 to remain with their caregiver up to the age of 21.

Children's Minister, Tracey Martin, told Kate Hawkesby it's designed to ensure no one has to figure it out for themselves.

She says it's important they have someone to turn to for help when they encounter milestones in their lives like signing their first lease agreement.

Martin says it's hard to know exactly how many people will require the service, given 50 per cent of young people feel they don't have support elsewhere.

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