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Apr 20, 2020

An Update on the Unemployment Relief Programme

As you know, there are a number of food programmes for persons who have, in some way, been impacted by COVID-19. Some of these programmes have run into hurdles due to issues relating to social distancing and overcrowding. In respect of the Unemployment Relief Programme, so far a total of seventy-two thousand two hundred plus persons have applied since April third.  Thirty-two thousand nine hundred and sixteen applications have been approved for payment including over seven thousand today.  Accordingly, twenty thousand plus were paid by the end of the day by the Social Security Board. The programme will also be using ATM/debit cards from Heritage Bank for payments to qualifying persons. The economic czars still have a total of twenty-eight thousand one hundred and fifty nine applications to be reviewed.

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