“The Government’s resurgence payment announcement will barely touch the sides for most businesses and more needs to be done,” says ACT’s Small Business spokesperson Chris Baillie.
“ACT is calling for the Resurgence Payments to be weekly under Level 4, Level 3 and for hospitality under Level 2.
“This morning I have taken part in an unofficial Epidemic Response Committee run, by the ACT Party, focussing on the impacts on the hospitality industry.
“The stories are devasting. Business owners are taking a hammering, they’re doing all they can to keep paying their staff but are taking a massive hit themselves.
“One business owner told us that he’s amassed $200,000 in debt in the past few weeks. Others talked of the personal toll this has taken on them and the stress of being unable to pay their bills or get a full night’s sleep.
“The Government just doesn’t seem to understand the pressure these businesses are under through absolutely no fault of their own.
“What the Government has announced today is a start – but it won’t be nearly enough for most businesses who still have outgoing costs like rent, rates and insurance.
"There is much further to go if the Government wants to save livelihoods.”
Getting the balance right with youth crime
“ACT would introduce instant, practical penalties for young people caught shoplifting, stopping rookie offenders before they escalate to more serious offending,” says former Youth Aid Police officer and ACT’s Police spokesperson Chris Baillie.
More ram raids than businesses accessing fund
“More businesses are being hit by ram raids nightly than benefitting from the Government’s $6 million fund for vulnerable small retailers,” says ACT’s Police spokesperson Chris Baillie.
ACT urges Tāmati Coffey & Labour to back Easter Trading Bill
ACT’s Small Business spokesperson and bar owner Chris Baillie is appealing to Tāmati Coffey to talk to the Labour caucus about the realities of being a bar owner.