17 May 2018

Budget 2018: What you need to know

3:47 pm on 17 May 2018

Finance Minister Grant Robertson has revealed the 2018 Budget. Here's what you need to know - at a glance.

Budget Day 2018

Photo: RNZ / Rebekah Parsons-King

  • More children to get free GP visits, with the scheme extended to under-14s from under-13s.
  • Lower-cost doctors' visits for all Community Services Card holders, making them cheaper by $20 to $30.
  • More people eligible for the Community Services Card - extended to anyone living in state housing, receiving accommodation supplement or paying income-related rents.
  • 6400 more state houses provided over the next four years.
  • $750m boost in spending for re-building ageing hospital buildings and facilities.
  • About $450m towards new schools, and money to hire another 1500 teachers by 2021.
  • Around $300m over four years to police to recruit an extra 920 officers.
  • New housing insulation programme providing grants to tens of thousands of low-income families.
  • Tribunal set up to resolve outstanding Earthquake Commission and insurance claims.

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