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Cash the key for poor families

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The Child Poverty Action Group believes Budget 2015 is a major concession from the Key Government.

Spokesperson Susan St John says it’s disappointing a $25 increase in benefits won’t kick in for almost a year, while the $1000 Kiwisaver kickstart can disappear overnight.

But she says the benefit rise shows the Government now acknowledges money matters when it comes to poverty.

"Previously they have been talking about finding the very complex families with dysfunctional issues and dealing only with the ones that are really at the bottom of the barrel. Well, we know it's actually many, many or most or all low income families that are struggling and need an income boost," Associate Professor St John says.

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