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Grant scheme 'off to a good start'

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 28/07/2016
Paula Bennett © Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images Paula Bennett

The government has so far paid out more than $54,000 in grants to people who have decided to move out of Auckland.

The scheme, which began a month ago, helps people who need social housing but can't get it in Auckland.

They are offered accommodation in other cities, and can apply for grants of up to $5000 to help them move.

Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett says so far 12 applicants covering 32 people have received grants totalling $54,508.

Assistance has been approved for a further 10 applicants, covering 20 people, pending confirmation of moving dates and cost verification.

"Although it is still early days, I am pleased to see people taking up the offer of help," Ms Bennett said on Thursday.

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