7,150 families to benefit from Schoolkids Bonus

The second installment of the Labor Government’s Schoolkids Bonus will start arriving in bank accounts next week, providing welcome relief for thousands of local families facing back-to-school costs.

“Around 7,150 local families in the Cunningham electorate are set to receive the next payment of the Schoolkids Bonus from 4 July. This payment will arrive just in time to help parents purchase back-to-school items,” Member for Cunningham, Sharon Bird said.

“This will help take some of the pressure off families struggling to deal with school costs,” Ms Bird said.

“From next week, eligible families will receive $205 for each child in primary school, and $410 for each child in high school. In Cunningham, this amounts to a total of $7,443,800 paid to local families,”

“This money helps parents buy uniforms, shoes, school books and stationery, as well as other costs like school excursions, music lessons and sports registration fees.”

This is the second instalment this year for local families, with the first instalment arriving before school started in January.

Ms Bird said local families would lose this money if Tony Abbott is elected Prime Minister at the election.

Cutting the Schoolkids Bonus will mean a typical family with two kids in the Illawarra will be $15,000 worse off over the course of their children’s schooling.

“I know a lot of families are doing it tough at the moment, and this extra support can make a big difference in making sure their kids have everything they need for school.

“The school holidays will be finishing soon and as parents start to get their kids ready to go back to school, they will know how helpful the Schoolkids Bonus is for them.

“If Tony Abbott becomes Prime Minister, this Schoolkids Bonus payment will be their last.

“An Abbott Government will cut the Schoolkids Bonus and hurt local families.” Ms Bird said.

Families receiving Family Tax Benefit Part A, as well as young people in school receiving Youth Allowance, and others receiving certain income support or veterans’ payments are eligible for the Schoolkids Bonus.

For the latest information about the Schoolkids Bonus and other family assistance measures, visit www.australia.gov.au/schoolkidsbonus or ‘like’ our Australian Families Facebook page.