Tuesday, April 29, 2008

More than half say they are worse off

One in four families are worried about their rent or mortgage, and 52 percent believe they are worse off than they were a year ago, a Fairfax Media-Nielsen poll found yesterday.

But in spite of the growing hardship, the Government has ruled out a cut to the goods and services tax (GST) on food, saying this would be too complex to administer and would open up too many arguments about what should be included or excluded.

Prime Minister Helen Clark has, however, promised "timely" relief for families struggling to meet rising prices.

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