‘Incredibly worried’: end of Covid disaster payment looms for many still out of work | Welfare

It’s the lifeline that’s kept nearly 2 million people in New South Wales, Victoria and the ACT on a steady weekly income during Covid lockdowns.Since June, the government’s Covid-19 disaster payments – paid at either $750 or $450 a week, or $200 a week for existing welfare recipients – have been available to people who … Read more

Italy divided as mandatory workplace COVID pass looms

Italy divided as mandatory workplace COVID pass looms

ROME, Oct 13 (Reuters) – COVID-19 health passes will be mandatory for all workers in Italy from Friday, a measure that some politicians, unions and businesses fear will cause shortages and disruptions rather than boost inoculations and output as the government hopes.Prime Minister Mario Draghi’s cabinet approved the rule – one of the world’s strictest … Read more