Social Security COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund prepares to facilitate those affected by COVID-19 pandemic

Basseterre, St. Kitts, April 2, 2020 (ZIZ News): The Social Security COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund has been established. In partnership with the Labour Department, Social Security will facilitate the payment of up to EC$ 1,000.00 monthly for three months in the first instance.

The grant will be paid to all working persons whose income has been directly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. These include Full time and part-time employees who have been laid off, those Employed but with reduced hours, those made redundant as a result of the pandemic and registered Self-employed persons whose income is impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a joint statement released on Wednesday, the Social Security Board and the Department of Labour stated, “Taking into account the extraordinary nationwide protective measures enforced by the Statutory Rules and Orders No. 9 of 2020 Emergency Powers (COVID-19) (No.2) Regulations, 2020, the Labour Department and Social Security are diligently working together to make the payments seamlessly”

The first payment will be made as soon as possible.

For further information persons can contact the Labour Department at 869 662 2075 or Social Security at 869 667 2535 or email covid19fund@socialsecurity.kn.

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