21 Feb 2011

Benefit and allowance payments to rise

10:11 pm on 21 February 2011

Benefits, superannuation rates and student allowances will increase nearly 1.75% from 1 April.

The Government on Monday announced the payments will increase by 3.75%.

However, the change includes a 2% rise made in October last year to compensate beneficiaries, students and pensions for the increase in the goods and services tax.

Social Development Minister Paula Bennet says married couples receiving New Zealand Superannuation will do even better, with their weekly payments rising by slightly more than $22 a week.