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Auditor-general: Covid wage scheme admin was lax

Brent Melville
Tue, 11 May 2021

Auditor-general: Covid wage scheme admin was lax
Brent Melville
Tue, 11 May 2021
A government watchdog says the covid-19 wage subsidy scheme could have been better managed to reduce fraud.At a cost to taxpayers of about $14 billion, the covid-19 wage subsidy is by far the government's single largest area of spending in response to the pandemic – about equal to the government's total yearly education budget.Auditor-general John Ryan said in a statement the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) – the agency responsible for administering the scheme – should have done a better job in...

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