Cabinet to discuss extending quake support measures

6:52 am on 6 March 2011

Prime Minister John Key says Cabinet is likely to hold further discussions on Monday about the Government's financial assistance package for companies and workers affected by the Christchurch earthquake.

Interim measures are in place for six weeks under which companies are able to get a $500 a week subsidiy for each full time employee and $300 a week for each part-time employee.

People who have lost a full-time job will be eligible for payment $400 a week. For part-time employees the cover is $240.

Mr Key says the scheme will definitely be extended in some form, and he expects that to be the subject of discussion at the next Cabinet meeting.