IRD to manually input Best Start payments
The Inland Revenue Department admits its computer system isn't going to cope automatically with a sixty-dollar-a-week payment for new parents beginning on Sunday. But it promises no one will miss out, because staff will manually input the details. The extra work for staff already dealing with significant lay-offs is adding heat to looming strike action, set to be taken by members of the Public Service Association. Here's our political reporter Gia Garrick.