LOUISE UP­STON’S RE­SPONSE

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Our se­niors con­trib­ute in so many dif­fer­ent ways to their com­mu­ni­ties. That’s why I’m proud to be part of a Na­tional-led Govern­ment com­mit­ted to giv­ing se­niors the se­cu­rity, well­be­ing and re­spect they de­serve.

The Govern­ment’s re­cent an­nounce­ment of a $2 bil­lion pay eq­uity set­tle­ment de­liv­ered over five years, will help to en­sure we have a higher paid, more skilled and en­gaged work­force car­ing for around 110,000 of New Zealand’s most vul­ner­a­ble.

From July 1, this ded­i­cated and pre­dom­i­nantly fe­male work­force will re­ceive a pay rise be­tween around 15 and 50 per cent.

On 1 April next year, NZ Super is ex­pected to be $622 a week for a mar­ried cou­ple.

For a mar­ried cou­ple, NZ Super will have in­creased by 35 per cent since we came into of­fice.

On top of this, se­niors in the greater Taupo area may get an ex­tra $25-$40 a week from the Ac­com­mo­da­tion Sup­ple­ment from April 1, 2018, and the

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