Wednesday, August 10, 2022

NIC Economic Relief Programme Pays Out Over $8 Million

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The Economic Relief Programme (ERP) of the National Insurance Scheme has paid out over $8 million so far.

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet made the disclosure Tuesday on his official Facebook page.

“he NIC informed me yesterday that so far they have paid out 9,816 claims. The average amount received by individuals is $824.90. Under the Economic Relief Programme a total amount of $8,097,206.05 million dollars has been paid out by NIC so far,” Chastanet said.

He explained that over the last few weeks, he had received reports of persons being paid less than the $500 minimum as part of the ERP managed by the NIC.

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“I therefore requested an update from the NIC as to the reasons for this, an update on the total paid out thus far, how many persons who have benefited and the average payout amount,” he noted.

“Combined with the Economic Relief Programme, we have also opened the application process to provide income support for non-NIC contributors,” Chastanet observed.

He said the non-NIC contributors  will receive $500.00 monthly for 3 months.

“We anticipate that payments will begin being paid very soon and encourage persons who have lost their job due to COVID-19 to apply via the www.govt.lc website,” Chastanet revealed.

He explained that  another aspect of the comprehensive Stabilization Plan is the National Feeding Programme which began in April and has been ongoing for past several Sundays.

“We have delivered over 18,000 hot meals to those in need,” Chastanet noted.

He asserted that the next phase of the feeding programme begins this week where food packages will be delivered to needy families across the island.

“These packages will include locally grown food, fruits and vegetables, local fish or chicken and eggs all procured from our local farmers as additional support to the Agricultural sector,” Chastanet said.

“I assure Saint Lucians that we are continuing to work on providing relief to as many Saint Lucians whose livelihoods have been negatively affected by COVID-19. This includes the ongoing development of a strategic and comprehensive economic recovery plan that benefits all including both the private and public sector. Let us continue to be our brother’s keeper and stay safe,” his Facebook post concluded.

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