It’s time for the government to face the failures of wage subsidies

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The fact that 37,000 companies are still awaiting their first payroll subsidy payment demonstrates the government’s contempt for the plight of many New Zealanders who are fighting for their jobs, said Louise Upston, spokesperson for National Social Development and Labor. ‘use.

“On September 8, I wrote to Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni asking them to extend the deadline for the first round of wage subsidies when all of New Zealand was stranded. Many companies have experienced issues with the application process through no fault of their own.

“More than two weeks later, none of the ministers have yet responded to my letter on behalf of thousands of companies.

“Since the Delta epidemic, more than 8,000 kiwis have switched to the jobseeker’s allowance. Thousands more are fighting for the survival of their jobs and their businesses.

“The government was quick to take credit for the wage subsidy that saved thousands of businesses last year, but when problems arose this time around, the government was silent.

“The Labor Party has tried to present its failures as affecting only a small proportion of companies, but the problem is far bigger. About 85,100 agents could be attached to wage subsidy applicants who are still awaiting first-round payments.

“The government’s botch has left many people in a stressful and uncertain situation.

“It is high time the government showed some leadership and reassured the Kiwis that they will not lose their jobs because of its own hiccups.”

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