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Government prepared to hand out restaurant vouchers to families

Government prepared to hand out restaurant vouchers to families

The NSW government may hand out restaurant vouchers to families in a bid to boost the economy. 

The Australian first reported the scheme, claiming it would be a part of the state’s budget plan.

Treasurer Dominic Perrottet is reportedly considering the plan and a decision will be made in the coming weeks.

The proposal is set to cost about $500 million and vouchers would only be given to residents older than 18.

Families will receive the full voucher amount and single person households will receive $50.

Speaking to 2GB’s Ben Fordham, Gladys Berejiklian said she could not confirm or deny whether the voucher scheme will go ahead.

“We are still putting finishing touches on the budget,” she said on Friday morning.

“But I want (people) to be assured of one thing … we get how tough it is for a lot of people at the moment.

“We’re hoping to take care of everybody who’s going through those difficult times,” the Premier added in reference to the NSW budget.

The measure has reportedly already been signed off by the government’s Expenditure Review Committee, which is chaired by Mr Perrottet.

However the decision is yet to be put to cabinet, the publication reported.

The state’s COVID-19 budget will be handed down on November 17.