Government announces new measures for redundant workers

This week, the Government announced more details of their assistance package for redundant workers. Key components of the package are available for 16 weeks or until they move back to work, and are as follows:

•    A payment for families with children and who are no longer eligible for the In Work tax credit of $60 a week for families with up to three children and $15 a week for each extra child
•    An increase of up to $100 for those who qualify for the maximum accommodation supplement
•    Employment and job services

These measures are backdated to the election date, 8 November.

CTU President Helen Kelly said that the package was a start but that many people would miss out on this package, including part time workers. “We also think that the government should keep a live a proposal on guaranteed redundancy payments and notice for workers, in line with the recommendations of a recent Advisory Group, and want the Government to expand assistance for workers to cover the cost of searching for a new job and retraining.”

More information about the government announcement can be found at the link below:
http://www.workandincome.govt.nz/individuals/a-z-benefits/restart.html

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