25 May 2020 – Government announces new social welfare payment for people who lose their job

Type of Intervention: Financial and Economic
Sectors Involved: Finance/Economy, Social Services
Intervention Categories: Finance policy and financial aid; Stimulus packages and financial support
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: Min Finance / Min Social Development

Overview: New 12-week benefit scheme for people who lost their job due to pandemic
Full details here: https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/new-payment-support-kiwis-through-covid

Type of Justification: citing global economy
Source of Evidence or Justification: National – other
Evidence/Justification: Payment acknowledges that the global economy is facing a 1-in-100 year recession, which is impacting on New Zealand, and supports the Governments priority of protecting jobs where possible and supporting workers back into jobs where necessary.