Gov’t spent $46 million on Covid-19 social services

Gov’t spent $46 million on Covid-19 social services

More than 75,600 individuals and families have benefitted from social protection measures implemented by the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services,.

Minister of Social Development and Family Services Camille Robinson-Regis said Government has spent millions of dollars to assist those in need.

During a press conference, the Minister said that the first batch of Food Support Cards were issued to the Members of Parliament (MPs) for distribution to families of children, who are registered for the nation’s School Feeding Programme under the Ministry of Education.

Robinson-Regis said, “In the initial phase, each MP was given 50 cards to distribute to families who are in dire need of food during the COVID-19 pandemic.  On March 25th another batch was issued and effective April 2, 2020, Members of Parliament or their representatives received an additional batch of 100 cards each.”

To date, the Government has spent over $29 million for those in this programme-

  • Expenditure for School Feeding: $12,357,810.00
  • Expenditure for Top up to Existing Food Support Clients -$17,144,100.00

Robinson Regis said, “The original 50 cards distributed to households in each constituency have already been topped up to the amount of $1,020.00.  The cards which are being distributed at present have also been topped up for the next three months in the sum of $1,530.00 each.”

Additionally, Government has spent $11,198,250 for persons receiving food support for an initial period of three months. A total of 25,101 persons benefitted.

A further 3,323 cards are expected to be delivered to MPs on Tuesday 14th April, 2020.

Additional measures include:

  • Over 17,000 persons have benefitted from the Public Assistance programme for a period of three months. Government spent a total of $11,438,100.00 on this initiative.
  • Income Support by way of a top up to current recipients of the Disability Assistance Grant inclusive of children with a disability. 24,627 persons (Including 1,535 children) benefitted. (TTPost collected these cheques on April 7th, 2020 and delivery to these persons has commenced. Expenditure was $11,082,15

Robinson Regis said, “The Ministry continues to honour its commitment to existing beneficiaries of the Ministry.  We continue to make payments to 168,950 persons on time and in the correct amount on a monthly basis. The estimated monthly expenditure is $436,000,000 to grant recipients.”

She said the Government is doing its best to ensure that the most vulnerable in society are getting what they require.