For those businesses impacted by the COVID-19 lockdowns in our BID area, there is support available via our partners at the Ministry of Social Development (MSD).
If you are currently still awaiting an outcome on your wage subsidy application please
get in touch with us so we can connect you with one of our local MSD advisors.
Please see the below information to see how the MSD team can help you:
If you can’t work at the moment, have lost your job, or are working fewer hours
• You may be able to get a benefit or some other financial help from Work and Income.
• If you’re struggling to pay your rent or your bills, you might be able to get some help
– even if you’re still working or on a low income.
• They can also help you look for work or training and help with the costs of getting started in a new job.
If you are sick or need time off work because of COVID-19
• If you’re being tested for COVID-19, it’s important you stay home until your results come back.
• If you can’t work from home, your employer may be able to apply for the Short-Term Absence
Payment to help them pay you.
• If you’ve been told to self-isolate because you or someone you’ve been in contact with has
COVID-19, and you can’t work from home, your employer may be able to apply for the
Leave Support Scheme to help them keep paying you.
Talk to your employer about the help that’s available so you can keep getting paid.
If you’re self-employed and can’t work from home, you can also apply for these payments.
If you need help with essential costs
Depending on your situation, there are lots of other ways Work and Income may be able to help you and your family. You don’t need to be on a benefit to get help, it’s also available to people on a low income.
They could help with:
• Accommodation costs (rent, mortgage, board)
• Power, gas and water bills
• Medical and dental costs
For more information please contact Work and Income
Even if you don’t think you qualify, call them on 0800 559 009 (Mon- Fri 7am to 6pm; and Sat 8am to 1pm) to talk about your situation.
You can also visit workandincome.govt.nz or click on “Check what you might get“.