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MSD Support for People Who’ve Lost Their Jobs Due to COVID-19

We want to let you know that the Government has announced more MSD support for people who’ve lost their jobs because of the impacts of COVID-19.

The COVID-19 Income Relief Payment will help to ease pressure on people and families under stress from COVID-19 job losses.

In ordinary times, we’d expect many people to quickly find other work or manage their costs without extra support. However with COVID-19, many will be under pressure to find other work quickly and meet their basic costs.

For us, it means we can do more to help New Zealanders with the disruption of COVID-19 – some of whom have never needed our support before.

People can apply online for the Income Relief Payment from 8 June.

It offers support for up to 12 weeks to soften the shock and minimise disruption from sudden unemployment, giving people time to look for other work and adjust their living costs.

At a very high level, it’s for people who:

o    have lost their job from 1 March to 30 October because of COVID-19, and

o    had been working at least 15 hours a week for 12 weeks before they lost their job

o    don’t have a partner earning more than $2,000 a week before tax

o    meet other eligibly criteria.

The Work and Income website has more detailed information to help people understand who can get the payment, and what they can get.

COVID-19Online applications go live from 8 June. People should apply online through MyMSD – that includes both new and existing clients.

Community Law Marlborough Opening Hours

14 Market Street Blenheim

We are open Monday to Friday during the following times: 

  • Monday | Tuesday | Thursday 9.00am - 4.30pm | Friday 9.00am - 4.00pm
  • Late Night Wednesday 9.00am - 7.30pm

Please note the office will be closed from 1:00pm - 1:30pm daily for lunch

We offer our services by way of appointment, phone and email. Drop-ins are welcome depending on availability.
Contact us for more details
(03) 577 9919 or 0800 266 529
www.commlawmarlb.org.nz

Kaikoura Outreach Clinic

We will be in Kaikoura on the 2nd Tuesday of every month between the hours of 10.30am to 3.00pm, or at other times by arrangement.

This clinic is situated at:

Heartlands, Beach Road Kaikoura

We also provide Skype and Zoom appointments between 9.30am - 4.00pm.  If you require a a video appointment call us on 0800 266 529 or you can call Heartlands on 03 909 9292 to arrange a time.

If the matter is urgent call our 0800 266 529 number to speak to a Caseworker.