Beneficiaries Offered Money to Move to Christchurch

May 6, 2014 New Zealand Finance

Payment for ChristchurchBeneficiaries may soon be offered a payment of NZD 3 000 to move to a job in the Canterbury region.

The government will set aside NZD 3.5 million to be used as a monetary incentive for beneficiaries to move to the Canterbury region, according to a new statement issued on May 6th by Minister of Social Development Paula Bennet.

The Minister said that the government is setting the money aside in the 2014/15 budget, to provide a once-off payment of NZD 3 000 to as many as 1 000 current beneficiaries who have a job offer in the region and are willing to move to take on the role.

The payment is conditional on the job lasting for more than 91 days at least 30 hours per week.

As further incentive to take up and keep jobs in the Christchurch area, the payment will not count towards any means or incomes tests, but will need to be repaid if the employee leaves the position within three months without sufficient explanation.

According to Paula Bennet, a significant number of employment positions remain vacant in the Canterbury region, as likely and willing candidates do not have the financial means to move to the area, and the new payment should help bridge this gap.