Nearly 1200 Vincentians Apply For Unemployment Benefit

By Demion McTair. Updated 2:59 p.m., Wednesday April 29, 2020, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4).

The National Insurance Services (NIS) building in Kingstown. Photo: NIS

Kingstown, St. Vincent (ONE NEWS SVG) – Some 1100 Vincentians have applied for unemployment benefit as the economic squeeze from the Covid-19 pandemic is starting to be felt in the country.

In his daily updates on Facebook, Minister of Health, Wellness and the Environment, Senator Luke Browne stated that the National Insurance Services – NIS is supporting the National Response to COVID-19 with a contribution of $750,000.00 to the Isolation Centre and $2 million in a temporary unemployment benefit.

The Minister stated that the benefit is “to be paid over a three month period”.

“To date, 1159 persons have applied for the benefit and payments have commenced” – he added.

Senator Browne continued:

“Some of the affected sectors are: hotels/accommodation, education (including pre-schools), transportation and construction”.

The health minister said that in addition to the NIS benefit, the government is providing displacement payments to workers from hotels, night clubs, restaurants and tour companies who have either been laid off or experienced wage/salary reductions as a result of COVID-19.

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Morning Updates on COVID-19 Pandemic and the National Response for Wednesday, April 29, 2020:

1. SVG now has 8 active cases of COVID-19. A new case was announced last night. This new case is also part of a recently identified cluster.

2. NIS is supporting the National Response to COVID-19 with a contribution of $750,000.00 to the Isolation Centre and $2 million in a temporary unemployment benefit to be paid over a three month period. To date, 1159 persons have applied for the benefit and payments have commenced. Some of the affected sectors are: hotels/accommodation, education (including pre-schools), transportation and construction.

3. In addition to the NIS benefit, the government is providing displacement payments to workers from hotels, night clubs, restaurants and tour companies who have either been laid off or experienced wage/salary reductions as a result of COVID-19.

4. Cabinet is holding further discussions with a team from the Ministry of Education on the re-opening of schools, execution of external examinations and related matters.

5. The Director General of the World Health Organisation keeps stressing the importance of national unity and global solidarity for success in the fight against COVID-19. We share that perspective and it is guiding our actions in dealing with a serious pandemic that has so far affected 213 countries, areas and territories.

We will beat this coronavirus pandemic together. Our faith will see us through. This could be our finest hour. Thank you.

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One News St. Vincent is a subsidiary of ONE NEWS MEDIA which also includes Campus Reporter News (UWI Mona) and Secrets of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Travel and Tourism site. One News St. Vincent was founded on March 25, 2020. It is designed to bring a fresh social media engagement approach to news presentation in St. Vincent and the Grenadines and the rest of the eastern Caribbean.

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