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Apr 9, 2020

The Unemployed Frustrated with Sluggish Relief Program

John Briceño

Leader of the Opposition John Briceño says that as many as sixty thousand applications for unemployment relief from Belizeans who have been have been left jobless due to the corona virus, have been submitted online under the Government Corona Virus Unemployment Relief Fund. As you heard, one thousand four hundred applications have been processed so far as the layers of bureaucracy to complete the process is voluminous but far less have been disbursed. The process is moving at a snail’s pace and it will take some time before it is completed for disbursement; those who qualify are to receive their one hundred and fifty dollars for two weeks. But according to Briceño, about twelve thousand applications have been approved and like the members of the public, he too is becoming frustrated at the length of time it is taking to disburse the monies to Belizeans.


John Briceño, Leader of the Opposition

“I like the rest of the public, I am getting frustrated. They are taking too long to be able to process this report. I have gotten an unofficial report from one the people heading the economic team saying that a lot more has been approved. It is think it is like about twelve thousand that have met the qualification and that we could get them the small amount of money. It is small but it is something that can help. We need to do more. We need to press on this committee. We need to press on Social Security to make sure that the people that have applied and those that qualify get their money as soon as possible.”

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