Questions raised over government's wage subsidy scheme

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Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Fri, 27 Mar 2020, 1:42PM
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Questions raised over government's wage subsidy scheme

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Fri, 27 Mar 2020, 1:42PM

A warning the government’s wage subsidy scheme isn’t providing enough job security.

Researchers at think tank The New Zealand Initiative say the support scheme’s good in theory, but too many businesses are still having to lay off staff.

The initiative’s Chief economist Dr Eric Crampton told Mike Hosking the Government could look at Germany’s policy, where workers reduce hours and get a government top-up.

He says instead of laying off 80-percent of staff, employers could shift workers to 20-percent contracts, with the Government picking up some of the wage bill.

Researchers also suggest opening up the Student Loan scheme to non-students, and combining tax years to alleviate the effects on businesses and people.

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