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$4.1m paid out in unemployment benefits in six months

Bar and restaurant workers are among those who have been paid millions of dollars to cover loss of earnings because of Covid-19 restrictions which caused the closure of the operations. They can resume outdoor dining and service on Sunday. (File photograph by Akil Simmons)

More than $4m has been paid out to thousands of workers in unemployment benefits since a fresh round of pandemic restrictions were imposed last December, the Premier revealed last night.

David Burt added the finance ministry was aware of delays in payments for the latest round of benefits but that officials were “working to resolve any outstanding issues as quickly as possible”.

Mr Burt said 1,500 people had been paid about $1 million this week.

But some payments had been delayed due to incomplete information on application forms.

Mr Burt said about 3,500 people had applied for the latest round of Government aid since April 13.

He added the number of applications approved was 3,000 and the special team set up to run the scheme were working on the rest.

Mr Burt said 1,300 people had received benefits totalling $2.2 million.

He added $1.6 million had been paid to bar and restaurant staff who had lost their incomes because of recent coronavirus outbreaks.

Another $500,000 was paid to people who were quarantined and unable to work from home.

Mr Burt said $130,000 had been paid to staff of businesses other than bars and restaurants which had been forced to close.

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Published May 07, 2021 at 8:12 am (Updated May 07, 2021 at 12:33 pm)

$4.1m paid out in unemployment benefits in six months

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