Otago Daily Times

Spending details wanted


Wellington: The Government has been told it must do a much better job of telling the public how it is spending billions of dollars battling the pandemic.

Auditorgen­eral John Ryan wants more detail on how much is being spent on the Covid19 response and where the money is going.

Treasury figures show of the $62 billion put aside, more than $15 billion has gone on the wage subsidy and small business loan schemes.

But Mr Ryan said in a media release that it was difficult to know how much Covid19 funding had been allocated to specific initiative­s or the total amount of spending so far, and he wanted the Government to provide special reports and be more transparen­t and accountabl­e so the public could have confidence the money was being spent wisely. — RNZ

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