Imbert hints at possible extension of salary relief grants

Imbert hints at possible extension of salary relief grants

With so many people out of jobs due to the pandemic and by extension the State of Emergency, government is considering what else could be done to assist citizens in the month of June.

Finance Minister Colm Imbert, speaking in the Senate on Wednesday, says government was not looking at extending the salary relief grants for the month June, since COVID-19 restrictions have been extended beyond the period initially announced.

Government previously stated that financial assistance would be extended only for the month of May.

However, Imbert says consideration will be given, based on the circumstances.

The Minister was speaking as began debate on the Motion to Adopt the Report of the Standing Finance Committee, which seeks an additional three billion dollars for the current budget.

According to Imbert, this will include 267 million for the Health Ministry and 40 million for the Social Development Ministry for the Income Support Grant.

This is separate from the Salary Relief Grant, which is overseen by the Finance Ministry.

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