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MPs to debate short-term lifeline for people in need

A temporary break for residents struck by sudden hardship is the lone item of business up for debate by legislators today in the House of Assembly.

Two Bills will be tabled for later debate.

The Financial Assistance (Short-term Relief Benefit) Act 2024 will allow a $1,500-a-month payment in short-term relief for up to three months per fiscal year.

Tinée Furbert, the Minister of Youth, Social Development and Seniors, tabled the legislation on May 31.

Applicants can qualify after showing evidence of sudden need from a scenarios including natural disasters and public health emergencies to loss of work, domestic violence and the death of a household member.

Several ministerial statements are also expected, including a statement on the Government’s online payment portal by David Burt, the Premier.

Vance Campbell, the Minister of the Cabinet Office, will give an update on efforts to streamline the planning process, while Michael Weeks, the Minister of National Security, will speak on the recertification of Bermuda’s firefighters.

According to the Order of Business, the Government is set to respond to questions from Jarion Richardson, the Opposition leader, regarding the gazetting of the Fairmont Southampton Special Development Order, along with the timing and financing of the project.

Questions are also scheduled on the budget allocation for the Bermuda Tourism Authority, and if it has impacted sporting events.

• For the full Order of Business, see Related Media

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Published June 14, 2024 at 8:01 am (Updated June 15, 2024 at 8:22 am)

MPs to debate short-term lifeline for people in need

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