Citizens Advice Bureau: Benefit increases could be eaten up by raised rents

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 20 May 2021, 6:52PM
Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni and Finance Minister Grant Robertson. (Photo / NZ Herald)
Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni and Finance Minister Grant Robertson. (Photo / NZ Herald)

Citizens Advice Bureau: Benefit increases could be eaten up by raised rents

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Thu, 20 May 2021, 6:52PM

There are concerns benefit increases could be gobbled up by rent increases.

Weekly main benefit rates will increase by between $32 and $55 per adult by April next year.

Citizen Advice Bureau's Andrew Hubbard told Heather du Plessis Allan one of the key drivers of hardship is the cost of rent - and lifting benefits doesn't address that.

"There's been a lot of work from Government looking at home ownership, but we also need to recognise that many New Zealanders are renting for good, and we need to look at ways of making that more affordable."

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