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OLD AGE PENSIONS OTHER BENEFITS HIGHER Parliamentary Reporter. WELLINGTON, this day. Age benefits are to be increased for each person at the age of 60 years from 32/6 to £2 a week. Legislation giving effect to this increase will be introduced during the present session of Parliament. Announcing this in his Budget speech last evening, the Minister of Finance, Mr. Nash, said in cases where the wife of a beneficiary did not qualify for the benefit in her own right a payment of £1 a week would be made. All amended benefits would be made as from October 1 next.

Mr. Nash said legislation would also be introduced to provide for a minimum wage for all adult workers, male and female. To ensure a minimum family income of £5 per week during periods of sickness, unemployment or Invalidity, it was proposed to pay benefits of £2 each for the father and mother with 10/ for each child. Corresponding payments would be made to those who qualified for miners' and war veterans' benefits. It was also proposed to provide a benefit for a widowed mother of £2 per week with an additional 10/ for each child, and provision would be made in special cases for an extra widowed mothers' domestic allowance to meet the circumstances of homes where there were several children requiring the continuous personal care of the mother. This allowance would be paid at the discretion of the Commissioner of Social Security. The benefit for widows who had not had children and who otherwise qualified would be increased from the present rate of £1 5/ to £1 10/ ner week. The rate of benefit for Sose under 20 years of age who qualified eta account of .inval dity unemployment, or sickness would be "ncreased from the present rate of IC/6 to £1 per week. The estimated cost of the benefits <vJt hp balance of the present year was al fo fowl:-Invalias, £195,000; sicknlss, £185,000; J»«Mtoynigt. 000 , widows, £260,000, age, £1 000,000; miners, ff 000; war veterans, £43,000; total, £1 844,000. The Minister said the cost of a full yj -is estimated to-be approximately fSSn S''benefits, and legislation for thte purpose would be introduced during the present session.

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ADVANCE TO £2, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 188, 10 August 1945

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ADVANCE TO £2 Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 188, 10 August 1945

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