The Prime Minister has revealed how many Covid-19 payments are being claimed each day in Australia for people who have lost their jobs.
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says the federal government expects the Sydney intervention to cost about $500 million a week. ‘Those are costs that are 50-…
Treasurer Josh Frydenberg says the federal government expects the Sydney intervention to cost about $500 million a week. « That’s a cost split 50-50 with the New South Wales government, » he told Sky News Australia. “In addition, we have our commitment to provide the contingency payment, which has been increased to $600 per week and $375 per week, depending on the number of hours lost per week. « We recognize that this is a very difficult and difficult time for the people of New South Wales and indeed for the country as a whole. » It comes after the Prime Minister announced an emergency response package for the state as Greater Sydney enters its third week in lockdown. Treasurer Frydenberg said the government cannot determine total spending as it is unknown how long the extended lockdown in Sydney will last. « Our payments are coming in, in week four, that’s next week, » he said.
The prime minister has revealed that the federal government receives 70,000 lockdown payment claims every day, with $32 million in emergency aid disbursed in the past 24 hours alone.
After coming under fire for shutting down last year’s JobKeeper scheme, Mr Morrison was quick to defend the new lockdown contingency payment scheme.
« We should be able to turn this on and off pretty quickly and with the method we’ve chosen, we can do just that, » the prime minister told reporters on Wednesday.
“To give you an indication, what we are currently experiencing is about 70,000 claims per day.”
With three states in lockdown, this number could rise even higher in the coming days.
The Prime Minister announced that Victorian residents can apply for the payments from this Friday (the 23rd) and that residents of South Australia can apply from next Wednesday (the 28th).
People who lost more than 20 hours of work per week will get $500, while those who lost less than 20 hours will get $325.
Mr Morrison also clarified that, as in NSW, Victorian and South Australians do not need to reapply after their initial claim has been made.
« If you’re registered for the payment, then you’re registered for it to be redone every week, » he said.
“You don’t have to reapply. You have to worry about it.”
NSW is now in the turbulent throws of its fourth week of closing, and the end is not yet in sight.
Prime Minister Gladys Berejiklian announced 110 new community transfer cases on Wednesday morning, along with the lockdown of a number of areas in regional NSW.
Mr Morrison said the government has so far provided 452,395 grants to NSW, with 93 percent of claims being handled online.
The Prime Minister praised the « quick » delivery of payments to residents of NSW.
“We see payments being made, as some of your own colleagues have pointed out, within 40 minutes of that claim being made… We’ve put in place a payment system designed to be fast,” he said.
The Prime Minister stressed that if Victorian residents of South Australia were eligible for the same payments, the system would « work exactly the same in all states ».
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