Govt to ensure traumatised victims can get financial help

Labour minister Megan Woods says the extra help will also be available to the adult children or siblings of a victim. - Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller

Two months after the Christchurch terrorist attacks the government is making changes to ensure victims who are too traumatised to work can get financial help.

Strict ACC rules mean mosque survivors who aren't physically injured but who are struggling mentally are not eligible for compensation.

The government is now making it easier for them to get social welfare benefits.

Labour Minister and local MP Megan Woods said the extra help will also be available to the adult children or siblings of a victim.

It will also include people who are eligible for the Christchurch Response Visa but who have not yet applied.

Those who are already permanent residents, but haven't been here for two years, will now be able to apply for a main benefit without being means tested.

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