As the country goes into lockdown, the team at DWC continues to operate remotely and have good systems in place to manage inquiries from our business contacts.

There are a number of resources available for Coast businesses to tap into for support during this unprecedented time. If you haven’t looked into the Government’s Employer Wage Subsidy package, do so. This is a great resource that can help relieve immediate cashflow issues and protect employment on the Coast.

Our staff have been busy talking local businesses through the application process, and there have been some questions arising regarding eligibility for these schemes. We are working closely with the Ministry of Social Development (MSD), and other Government agencies, and have been passing on your questions for greater clarification.

MSD, while under extreme pressure, are doing a great job. As they iron out the kinks in the system, they have been providing greater clarification on many of the issues being raised. If you have any questions or queries about the Wage Subsidy scheme get in touch with DWC and we’ll do our best to help you.

In conjunction with MSD and other regional development agencies, a regional employment hub dubbed a “war room” is currently being set up that will be a resource for both businesses and affected workers.

The hub will facilitate getting available workers into much-needed employment once the lockdown is removed. The details of this will be made available to all our business contacts shortly.

We have also had a number of businesses and private individuals contact us with the offer of accommodation for those struggling to self-isolate. It’s great to see this kind of community spirit. This information has been passed on to local civil defence who are liaising with local police to ensure those in need are taken care of.

It is heartening to see our community uniting and staying strong during this unprecedented time.

If you need help, don’t hesitate to reach out to the team at DWC. We are here to help you. This will also enable us to better understand the needs of our business community, so we can provide Government agencies with regular updates to ensure they can continue developing responses that are appropriate to our changing landscape.

Media Release: 26 March 2020

 

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