SWRF Application Process Closed but Payouts Continue

(ZIZ News) — The application process for the gratuitous payments to former sugar industry workers is closed. That’s according to the Sugar Workers Restoration Fund (SWRF) Secretariat.

In a release issued on Tuesday morning, the Secretariat, through the Government’s information arm, the St. Kitts And Nevis Information Service, advised that only qualified persons who made applications within the stipulated time, that is prior to 17th July 2015, are eligible for the gratuitous payment.

Qualified persons with queries are being asked to report to the queries desk at the SWRF Secretariat in the CLICO Building on South Independence Square Street in Basseterre, between the hours of 9 am and 5 pm from Monday to Friday.

Meantime, ZIZ News understands that persons claiming on behalf of deceased sugar industry workers should be receiving calls from the Secretariat, outlining details of an appointment to present the requisite documents.

As highlighted in a release, the documents required are Letters of Administration or Grant of Probate.

“Cheques will be made available in two days after documents have been checked and validated,” the release reads, adding that “the Secretariat will provide free legal assistance for those who need it in the preparation of the required documentation to make the process as smooth as possible.”

Additionally, persons making claims on behalf of former sugar industry workers who are still alive are being asked to present a notarized letter or power of attorney, giving legal permission for the person to claim on behalf of the former sugar worker and a copy of a government- issued ID of the sugar worker on whose behalf the claim is being made.

“Cheques will be available for payout in two days after documents have been checked and validated,” another release reads.

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