Coastland residents to receive COVID-19 cash grants soon

Persons living on the coastland are next to benefit from Government’s $25,000 COVID-19 relief cash as distribution expands beyond Regions One and Nine where it started this week.

Minister of Public Works, the Hon. Bishop Juan Edghill told DPI earlier this week the necessary assessments have been done.

Minister of Public Works, Hon. Bishop Juan Edghill

“Some time in the course of this week, you will see on the coast; regions two, three, four, five, six and 10 would start receiving benefits. Right now, they are in Regions One and Nine and we are going to learn from our experiences there, and fine-tune and make better,” Minister Edghill said.  

The Minister reiterated that no family will be left out and gave assurances that instances where there are several persons or families occupying the same dwelling or residence, but live separately, will be addressed.  

“The decision is, when we get there and that discovery is made it will be documented and that would be dealt with subsequently. We have an estimation based on analysis, that we will find situations like that, but we will be able to get relief to them, nobody will be left out,” the Minister asserted.  

Minister Edghill also explained that the distribution is being done via vouchers as persons may have challenges accessing banks during the pandemic. Different models will be employed wherever distributions are taking place.

The Minister also gave assurances that all necessary steps have been taken to ensure transparency and accountability.