Ensuring working families are better off staying in paid employment than on a benefit has just got a boost.

From 1 April next year, low-income working families who are eligible for the minimum family tax credit will receive an increase.

The minimum family tax credit currently ensures that families who work the minimum number of hours and who are not receiving a benefit will have an after-tax income of $22,724 a year. This will rise to $22,776 a year from 1 April 2014.

The minimum family tax credit provides a guaranteed minimum family income to families who are in work and ensures they are no worse off moving off a benefit and into paid employment.

Families of all shapes and sizes are the backbone of our communities.  National is working hard to ensure families have the support they need to succeed.