National tightened overseas travel rules for beneficiaries as part of our welfare reforms and we’ve saved New Zealanders more than $10.5 million through benefit suspensions for those who took unapproved trips.
More than 21,000 people had their benefit cut for travelling overseas since July last year.
We often hear stories of how people cannot live on the benefit. Now we’re hearing that literally thousands can not only live on it, but can afford to travel overseas on it.
National is committed to responsibly managing the Government’s finances, and that means making sure taxpayer dollars are not being used when they shouldn’t be.
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Under National, recorded crime has fallen 20 per cent over the past four years. This is nearly 91,000 fewer offences in 2013, compared to 2009.
The 2013 Police crime statistics show great results for communities across New Zealand. They reflect the hard work of our Police, as well as National’s commitment to tackling crime.
A 155 per cent increase in Police foot patrols over two years, and the half a million additional frontline hours for officers delivered by the use of smartphones and tablets, are contributing to our falling crime rate.
Delivering better public services for New Zealand families is one of National’s priorities, and we are well on our way to reaching our targets to reduce crime in our communities.
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ACC is integral to National’s commitment to building better public services. Our reforms have seen a dramatic turnaround in ACC’s finances and now we are passing the savings on to Kiwi households.
As of April 1, an average household will now be just over $200 a year better off. Small businesses will be about $180 a year better off and larger employers will receive, on average, a $6000 reduction.
These cuts largely reflect accounts paid into by workers and employers being fully-funded. This means there is enough money in those accounts to cover the cost of claims.
We are committed to ACC’s continuing sustainability - it’s important ACC is not only financially sound, but is trusted to support Kiwis when they need it.
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National is focussed on creating greater opportunities for all New Zealanders. We’ve continued working hard to build a more productive and competitive economy, one of our priorities this term.
That’s why on 1 April a number of positive changes kicked into action.
The married rate of superannuation has gone up by $249 a fortnight and the single living alone rate has gone up by $162 a fortnight, since 2008. The adult minimum wage has also risen to $14.25 an hour from the current rate of $13.75, and the Starting-Out and training minimum wages will increase to $11.40 an hour from the current $11.
Under National, these changes mean positive benefits and a better future for Kiwi families.
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Prime Minister John Key and China’s Premier Li Keqiang have announced the launch of direct trading of the New Zealand dollar against the Chinese renminbi in the Chinese onshore market.
The agreement makes it likely New Zealand trade with China will happen through the renminbi, rather than the US dollar. It also makes doing business with China easier by reducing the costs of conversion, and it will further stimulate our strong trade and investment links.
National continues to work with New Zealand banks, financial institutions, and exporters and importers who trade with China, to raise awareness of the benefits of pricing in the two currencies and how direct trading can help. This is part of our plan to build a more competitive and productive economy.
Ratepayers will be able to keep a closer eye on their councils’ financial positions thanks to new regulations introduced by National.
The new regulations set seven benchmarks for councils which address the affordability, sustainability, and predictability of council finances. Councils will report against these benchmarks through graphs in their planning and reporting documents.
Councils will publish their first set of results using the benchmarks in their 2013/14 annual reports, providing ratepayers with new insights into council financial management. In the long run, this will improve decision-making at the local level.
The establishment of the new benchmarks is all part of National’s plan to ensure responsible management of government finances, and is aligned with our broader local government reforms.