A recent announcement by the Minister of Finance and Public Service Dr Nigel Clarke might just be the word many Jamaicans have been waiting for, to help them get through the tumultuous pandemic.
In his talks, Dr Clarke announced the Government’s commitment to allocate more resources to Jamaicans in response to the improving economic conditions of the country.
As a target, the Minister said that they are aiming to help those who need the assistance most, to promote social cohesion. The move according to Dr Clarke will be executed with the assistance of the Ministry of Labour and Social Security who will collaborate with his Government Ministry to distribute the funds.
One of the programs being used to help those in need is the Government’s Covid Allocation of Resources for Employees (CARE) program, which is said to have been expanded with an additional 5.3 million budget which will see persons getting grants from $10,000 to $18,000.
Persons who are apart of The Programme of Advancement through Health and Education (Path), Self-employed persons whose monthly statutory income is $60,000 or less, National Insurance Scheme pensionaries, those employees on Pay as you earn (PAYE) as well as unemployed persons who have been out of work since September 30, 2021, will be able to get automatic payouts of $10,000 or more as announced by the Minister.
Dr Clarke has announced that persons falling under any of the 6 categories will be assisted financially, as the Government has budgeted millions towards the cause and hundreds of persons in line with the highlighted requirements will be benefiting from the grants very soon.