Safety, support important
MP for Taupo
OFTEN when I am out talking to people in South Waikato, I listen to what their main areas of concern are. One of the things I hear often, is that people want to feel safe in the community.
Crime affects our neighbourhoods, our society and our economy.
National introduced a $50 offender levy on all convicted offenders.
The levy was expected to collect $13.6 million for victims in its first four years. That’s been increased to $15.9 million after $3 million was collected in 10 months, almost $1 million more than expected.
That’s allowed us to introduce – from July 1, five new grants and entitlements for victims and their families. The new services include:
Expanding the financial assistance to victims for court hearings to other justice-related meetings.
Financial help for families whose