26 May 2020

Govt under fire over 'two tiered' benefit system

From Checkpoint, 6:17 pm on 26 May 2020

Both sides of the political spectrum are criticising the government on what is being described as a two-tiered benefit system.

The government has received backlash after announcing a payment for those who have lost their jobs due to Covid-19, while they find new employment or retrain.

It will pay $490 a week to those who lost full-time work after March 1, about double that of the usual jobseeker benefit.

RNZ political reporter Charlie Dreaver has the story.