Senior Labour politicians are side-stepping pleas to show some "human decency" and set up a hardship fund for small business owners facing financial ruin and mental distress as work continues on the $4.4 billion City Rail Link.

Heart of the City chief executive Viv Beck is seeking immediate hardship relief for a small number of businesses seriously impacted by two years of disruption along the central city route of the project.

Beck said Transport Minister Phil Twyford has not responded to a letter asking for help and a meeting with Auckland Mayor and former Labour MP Phil Goff yesterday drew

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