Documents reveal that cabinet ministers considered providing beneficiaries a full $50 a week boost in this year’s Budget, however, they eventually decided against it, RNZ reports. The cabinet settled instead on a two-stage increase, with a $20 hike this year, to be topped up next year to the levels recommended by the Welfare Expert Advisory Group in 2019. Once implemented in April 2022, main benefit rates will increase by between $32 and $55 a week.