Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Wage Subsidy Deadlines Should Be Extended

The Government must extend the deadline for the first fortnight of wage subsidy applications to make sure businesses don’t miss out, National’s Social Development and Employment spokesperson Louise Upston says.

“National MPs continue to be contacted by frustrated businesses who, through no fault of their own, missed the first deadline and are concerned that they might miss out on the wage subsidy. They are understandably anxious for their employees who could miss out on wages from the first two weeks while the country at Level 4.

“The early closure of applications for the first fortnightly round means many New Zealanders could miss out on an income through no fault of their own.

“The Government should extend the deadline to allow those businesses to apply. It needs to be transparent about what they are doing for those impacted by the early closure and website portal issues reported on Friday morning.

“It’s not enough for the Government to tell businesses to phone MSD. A public explanation about the process being undertaken and businesses ability to access the subsidy is required.

“Businesses also continue to report significant delays with payments coming through despite submitting an application at the start of the application period. The uncertainty these delays cause, coupled with the fact many are still recovering from last year’s lockdowns, is pushing some to the brink of closure.

“Already more than 5000 New Zealanders have moved onto the Jobseeker benefit since the Delta outbreak. The Government can’t be complacent about the impact lockdown has on jobs and livelihoods.

“Kiwis shouldn’t miss out on their income because the Government didn’t sufficiently plan how the online application process would operate with the new requirements. They should be able to expect their wage subsidy applications will be processed and paid within the target the Government has set.

“We expect the Government to provide this certainty for New Zealanders immediately.”

© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Epic Fails Of Kris Faafoi

Ever since Winston Peters first breathed life into this government in 2018, its own branding has been all about social justice and how we all need to be “kind” to each other. Somehow, Kris Faafoi must have missed the memo. His performance in the immigration portfolio (in particular) has neither been kind nor just, especially to the migrants whose skills New Zealand will need to get us through Covid, and grow the economy into the future... More>>

Covid-19 & Government: Government Green Lights Rapid Antigen Testing

Some of the country’s largest businesses have put in an order for 300,000 approved rapid antigen tests for their workforce, after working at pace with the Government on a new scheme unveiled by Associate Minister of Health and Research, Science and Innovation Ayesha Verrall... More>>



Government: Opportunity To Shape NZ’s First Emissions Reduction Plan
The Government is inviting New Zealanders to inform the country’s first Emissions Reduction Plan with the release of a consultation document containing a range of policy ideas to decrease the country’s emissions, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Climate Change Minister James Shaw announced today... More>>


Government: Books Show Resilient And Strong Economy
The end of year audited Crown accounts released today show the Government’s health led approach to the COVID-19 pandemic has protected New Zealand’s economy. “On almost every indicator the accounts show that the New Zealand economy has performed better than forecast... More>>

Healthcare: Health System Is Ready For Assisted-dying Law
The health system is ready for the implementation of the End of Life Choice Act when it takes effect next month, making assisted dying legal in New Zealand, Health Minister Andrew Little said today... More>>


Government: Mandatory Vaccination For Two Workforces

Large parts of two workforces critical to preventing the spread of COVID-19 will be required to be vaccinated, COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins said today. “Our education and health and disability workforces have done an incredible job throughout this pandemic to keep themselves and people safe,” Chris Hipkins said.... More>>

Green Party: Deeply Concerned Space Launches May Be Breaching Nuclear-free Laws

The Green Party is deeply concerned that space launches by Rocket Lab may be breaching nuclear-free laws, given our long-standing position as a signatory of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty... More>>

Children's Commissioner: Call For Mandatory Vaccination Of Children’s Workforce
The Children’s Commissioner and Assistant Māori Commissioner are calling for a plan for the mandatory vaccination of teachers and the entire children’s workforce in New Zealand... More>>




InfoPages News Channels