Is the Government legally obliged to pay a sickness beneficiary the equivalent of minimum wage?

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Community Law Wellington & Hutt Valley

No, the Government is not obliged to pay a person on the Jobseeker Support Benefit the equivalent of the minimum wage. Please note that the Sickness Benefit has recently been replaced by the Jobseeker Support Benefit. The rate of the Jobseeker Support Benefit is set by the ninth schedule of the Social Security Act 1964 and is not the same as the minimum wage.

You can see the weekly rates for the Jobseeker Support Benefit here (current at July 2013): www.workandincome.govt.nz.

You can find out more information about the Jobseeker Support Benefit, as well as information about moving from the Sickness Benefit to the Jobseeker Support Benefit here: www.workandincome.govt.nz.

You may also find the Community Law Manual's information on benefits helpful: www.communitylaw.org.nz.

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