'Too many people are struggling' - Green Party heating fund would benefit 500,000 homes

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Green Party MP Gareth Hughes says many New Zealand households are struggling to keep warm during the winter, and says a proposed heating fund would help to alleviate that.

Gareth Hughes talks about the $112m proposed fund which the Green Party wants to implement to help people stay warm.
Source: Breakfast

The party yesterday announced its intent to create a $112m fund to be distributed to about 500,000 households which earn less than $50,000 per year.

"That would cover a lot of superannuitants, for exmaple," Mr Hughes said.

Payments, on average would range from $207 to $328 each winter, should the Green Party be a part of the next government.

"What we see are too many people struggling to pay their winter power bills - we want to help out by covering up to 75 per cent of the increase in winter power prices."

Mr Hughes said 40,000 children required a hospital visit each year due to cold, damp conditions, and that is "unacceptable".

In 2013, Labour and the Greens pushed their NZ Power scheme, a major intervention in the retail power system in a bid to lower bills, but that policy has been overhauled.

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