Member for Willoughby Tim James has condemned the Labor Government’s decision to slash the value of Active Kids and First Lap vouchers, cease the standalone Creative Kids voucher and massively restrict the eligibility of NSW families.


Mr James said thousands of families in the Willoughby community rely on the annual vouchers to enrol their children in sporting and creative activities.


“All families in our community could receive $300 per child per year in Active Kids and Creative Kids vouchers under the Liberal and Nationals Government,” Mr James said.


“Under Labor’s cuts, the number of eligible families will be slashed, and those who are still eligible will receive just $100 per child per year.”


“I’m really disappointed Labor has cut these highly successful programs at a time when the cost of living is rising and household budgets are already under significant pressure.”


Opposition Leader Mark Speakman said NSW families shouldn’t pay for the Labor Government’s broken promises and wrong priorities.


“Before the election, Chris Minns promised to fund Active Kids vouchers, and after months of uncertainty families across NSW are paying for Labor’s broken promise,” Mr Speakman said.


“Given the rising pressure on family budgets, Chris Minns’ cuts mean children right across NSW will miss out on the opportunity to learn to swim, play sport and participate in creative activities.”