The NSW government will cut back a program that helps families keep their kids in sports, as part of the latest budget roll out.
Treasurer Daniel Mookhey will announce Labor’s first budget in more than a decade on Tuesday.
Speaking with Sunrise on Tuesday morning, Mr Mookhey confirmed the government would be winding back the Active Kids voucher program which has helped families cut down on the cost of sports for a number of years.
The $50 vouchers will remain accessible for the 1.6 million households who are eligible for the family tax benefit, with capacity to support about 400,000 children across the state.
“We found a way in which to continue it for those who most need it,” Mr Mookhey said.
“Not everyone will be pleased with that, but we have done our best.”
When asked why the government was cutting back such a vital program, the Treasurer cast the blame on the previous government.
“The [Liberal] government did not put the money aside for it, so that has been hard,” Mr Mookhey explained.
The vouchers value was cut in half from $100 to $50 on July 1 as part of the wind down of the program.
These vouchers remain valid through to January 31, 2024.
From February 1, the program will become means-tested and only available to those families who are eligible for the Family Tax Benefit Part A.
The vouchers will be issued twice a year at the start of terms 1 and 3.