COVID-19 Income Relief Payment

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Children and young people have what they need

Lead agency:
Ministry of Social Development
Action timeframe:
The temporary payment was introduced on 8 June 2020

The Government introduced the COVID-19 Income Relief Payment to provide financial support to people who lost their job or business due to the impacts of COVID-19. The payment was designed to help cushion the blow and minimise disruption for people and their families as they look for other work or retrain. The payment was made weekly, for up to 12 weeks, and ipaid at a rate of $490 per week for a person who was a full-time worker or $250 per week for a person who was a part time worker.