Submission on Working for Families Review

Working for Families Tax Credits (WfFTC) need to truly work for whānau in Aotearoa. No tamariki should have
to go without essentials because of inconsistent and confusing support systems and rules. In Aotearoa, 16.3
per cent1 of children are living in material hardship. A fit-for-purpose Working for Families scheme is crucial
for lowering this number and increasing the prosperity of whānau.

We strongly encourage the Government to address and improve the causes of overpayment debt, by providing a direct phone line for financial mentors, improving abatement threshold systems, and providing grace periods. We also recommend that the Family Tax Credit be increased, following the advice of the Welfare Expert Advisory Group  (WEAG) in 2018.