Covid income relief tracking behind expectations – Ardern

Paul McBeth
Thu, 30 Jul 2020

Paul McBeth
Thu, 30 Jul 2020
The income support set up to give recently redundant workers cash in hand to tide them through the sharpest parts of the recession isn’t being taken up as quickly as expected, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.Speaking to the Wellington Chamber of Commerce, Ardern said that the covid-19 income relief payment effectively replaces the wage subsidy for those workers who find themselves out of a job to give them a level of income without having to jump through the hoops attached to the Jobseeker benefit.“Our intention there is to smoot...
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