Watch as Epidemic Response Committee debates COVID-19 law changes from debt hibernation to rent relief

  • 08/05/2020
Watch as Epidemic Response Committee debates COVID-19 law changes from debt hibernation to rent relief
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The Epidemic Response Committee is meeting to discuss law changes announced by the Government, from debt hibernation to rent relief. 

The COVID-19 Response (Further Management Measures) Legislation Bill has been introduced to Parliament and had its first reading and is now in the select committee process. 

It includes a range of law changes to help New Zealanders through the COVID-19 crisis, including a three-month ban of terminating tenancies, and allowing affected businesses to temporarily place existing debt into "hibernation"

The Epidemic Response Committee is a group of 11 MPs, the majority of whom are in Opposition, who meet via videoconference with the purpose of holding the Government to account on its coronavirus response. 

National leader Simon Bridges chairs the committee, and is joined by four other National MPs, three Labour MPs, one Green Party MP, one New Zealand First MP, and permanent member David Seymour, leader of the ACT Party. 

Watch the video below.

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