Make use of these MSD benefits, even if you're not on the benefit
Last updated 4 March 2022
Find out what financial support you can get in these challenging times by calling the Ministry of Social Development (MSD) specialist COVID line on 0800 512 337. They are open 8am-8pm 7 days a week. Your phone credit will not be charged if you call the 0800 number.
You can also apply for support by filling a form online.
Some of the support you can access are:
- Extra financial help for low income earners (available until 30 June 2022).
- Special needs grant -- a one-off payment to help you pay an essential or emergency cost if you can't pay it another way.
- Financial support for businesses - COVID-19 Leave Support Scheme and COVID-19 Short-Term Absence Payment. There are specialist teams that can talk to employers about the COVID Leave Support Scheme and COVID short term absence scheme.
For more information about supports available out there, visit our Info Hub, Social Care.