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COVID Unemployment Relief Program Phase Two #543315
07/03/20 04:52 AM
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COVID Unemployment Relief Pgm Phase Two Has Narrower Focus

And while the program for MSME's starts on August first, the second wave fo the unemployment relief program will start before that.

But, this time, it will have a narrower focus group. It will not include those who have been unemployed for years but focus instead on getting relief to those who lost their jobs due to COVID-19. That change is likely due to the absence of the PUP from the decision making. In March, the PUP had pressed for the program to be all inclusive, while the UDP just wanted it to cover those in the tourism sector.

Well, the second push from this program which goes live later this month will be closer to that original vision. We start the explanation with a review of phase one of the program:

Dr. Carla Barnett - Economic Czar
"Of these persons, a fully 45% were persons who were laid off and we had another 25% who were self employed persons and the remaining 30% fell in that category that we termed long term unemployed persons. The total expenditure by the time we complete all of the payments under phase 1 will be about 34.5 million dollars. The category we had in phase 1 that we termed long term unemployed, we will direct all of those persons to the Ministry of Human Development."

Rt. Hon. Dean Barrow - Prime Minister

"They will now be looked at in the context of the augmentation of the BOOST program. It's not that we want to now turn our backs on those that got in, in the terms of the relief offered to those principally we thought, that were affected by Covid. So, the concentration, the priority always ought to have been those that were newly unemployed."

How to Apply For Unemployment Relief

So, phase two of the unemployment relief program with a more specific focus on the recently unemployed will now be opened at the middle of this month.

It will be routed through the same COVID19.bz website, and applicants are asked to be very precise with their information:

Dr. Carla Barnett - Economic Czar

"Once we come past the middle of July, we're going to be clearing up the portal that people were able to apply on and you will be able to go on and do a new application if you're going to be applying for phase 2. So, these people will be redirected to the Ministry of Human Development to determine their qualification for any assistance that may be available there and persons under phase 1 who were approved and who are still unemployed are eligible to reapply in phase 2. We will ask that people reapply because we are aware that people have gone back to work and we want to be sure that people who are back at work are not included in those who are going to be in phase 2. One of the things that hampered us a lot in the phase 1 of the unemployment relief program was the amount of user errors, user input errors that we found and so, I would want to ask applicants both on the MSNE program and on phase 2 of the Unemployment Relief Program to please exercise the greatest of care in inputting information. Your name in particular, your social security number, you wouldn't imagine the amount of errors we had in those kinds of identifiers and if you make a mistake in that, then it really takes a long time to sort those out. Take your time, make your information is correct that you're inputting, and it moves a lot faster after that."

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Re: COVID Unemployment Relief Program Phase Two [Re: Marty] #543416
07/09/20 04:39 AM
07/09/20 04:39 AM
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G.O.B. Announces COVID-19 Unemployment Top-up Cards

Approved applicants for the COVID-19 Unemployment Relief are advised that top-up cards will be prepared for those who still have not been able to receive their approved payments due to banking information errors. Such persons should send a text with their correct telephone number to phone number 613-0095 so that they can be contacted should the need arise.


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