Almost 2,000 Apply for NIS Unemployment Benefit

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The National Insurance Services (NIS) on April 3, 2020, announced its unemployment benefit plan to provide temporary assistance to employees whose jobs may have been affected by the global pandemic COVID-19.

The objective of the programme according to the NIS, “aims to assist our people and provide some cushion to our vulnerable workers from the economic displacement brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Minister of Health, Wellness and the Environment, Hon. Luke Browne, on Wednesday (Apr. 29) informed that 1,159 people have applied for the benefit so far, adding that payments have commenced.

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

The programme’s budget is $2 million and will last until July 17, 2020 or the date of the exhaustion of the fund, whichever occurrence comes earlier, according to the NIS.

Minister Browne also shared that the NIS is supporting the government’s national response to COVID-19 with the contribution of $750,000 to the Argyle Isolation Center.