As many of you will have seen the government announced a economic stimulus package on the 17 March in response to COVID-19 situation.

Part of this package is to address those on benefits. The changes which will be seen on benefits are a $25/week increase for main benefits from the 1 April which will be permanent, a doubling of the Winter Energy Payments from the 1 May and the removal of the hours test for the In Work Tax Credit.

The link below displays further information on these changes

Currently it is unclear as to effect this will have on supplementary benefits, hardship grants and stand down periods.

For anybody with concerns or questions on these changes do not hesitate to contact us. We will post any updates on here. In the meantime we will be working to find out information on the gaps which have been left in the latest announcements.

https://workandincome.govt.nz/eligibility/emergencies/2020/coronavirus.html?fbclid=IwAR0O2usTVzFsb5iziSFWyHjg8cOneKnrtwtswY6QN57gOW_xxCYYte-aUnA#null