Designing a social insurance scheme that works

05.27.2021 - By When the Facts Change

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We’ve been hearing the phrase “social insurance” a lot since the government released the 2021 budget last week. It’s an idea designed to deal with unemployment we’re going to see a lot more of in the years to come, but it also brings up issues of inequality and fairness. Would introducing unemployment insurance just help embed a two-tier system in which the rich stay rich and the poor stay poor? To find out how it could work in practice, Bernard Hickey speaks to Kirk Hope from BusinessNZ and NZCTU president Richard Wagstaff. When the Facts Change is brought to you by The Spinoff Podcast Network together with Kiwibank. See for privacy and opt-out information.

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