THE HON WARREN SNOWDON MP
Member for Lingiari
Minister for Indigenous Health, Rural and Regional Health and Regional Services Delivery
Alice Springs NT
8 August 2010
Member for Lingiari Warren Snowdon today welcomed the Gillard Labor Government’s pledge to increase family support for families with teenagers.
A re-elected Gillard Labor Government will increase the maximum payment rate of Family Tax Benefit Part A by more than $150 per fortnight for teenagers aged 16 to 18 years who are in school or an equivalent vocational qualification.
This could see parents receiving up to an extra $4,000 a year per teenage, including 2065 families in Lingiari.
Over time, families with younger children will benefit as those children turn 16.
Under the old system – based on the days when 16 year olds often left school and the family home – payments are significantly cut, or end altogether, when a child turns 16.
“I understand that local families are facing cost of living pressures and struggling with the family budget,” Mr Snowdon said.
“The Gillard Labor Government also understands that teenagers these days don’t tend to fly the nest until later in life.
“That’s why today’s announcement is designed to help parents meet the higher costs of older children and encourage more teenagers to stay at school.”
Funding for this commitment will be fully offset over the forward estimates, consistent with the Gillard Labor Government’s commitment to return the budget to surplus by 2013, three years ahead of schedule.
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