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$20.24m Assistance Payout To Social Welfare Recipients Targeted Initiative By Government To Assist Those Affected By Cyclone Winston

Government will pay out a total of $20,246,790 million as a form of immediate relief assistance to 44,169 households currently assisted through the social welfare programmes under the Ministry of
18 Mar 2016 09:31
$20.24m Assistance Payout  To Social Welfare Recipients Targeted Initiative By Government To Assist Those Affected By Cyclone Winston
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Government will pay out a total of $20,246,790 million as a form of immediate relief assistance to 44,169 households currently assisted through the social welfare programmes under the Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation.

The recipients of Poverty Benefit Scheme (PBS), Care and Protection Allowances (C&P), Social Pension Scheme (SPS), who are currently registered with social welfare, will be receiving additional payments this week.

Minister Rosy Akbar says this is a targeted initiative of the Fijian Government to assist those families who have been affected by Tropical Cyclone Winston. The payment would be done in three categories (PBS), (C&P), (SPS); the lump sum, she said, would be paid out to them today.

“Families registered under the Poverty Benefit Scheme, will receive an additional $600 this week. The total payout under this scheme equates to about $13.8million dollars,” Ms Akbar said.

“Families who receive the Care and Protection Allowance will receive an additional $300 giving a total payout of $977,100 for families under the scheme.

“And senior citizens who are assisted through the Social Pension Scheme will receive an additional $300 this week. The total payout for pensioners will equate to $5.3 million.”

Those recipients who have bank cards will be able to access the funds through ATMs and EFTPOS machines.

Minister Akbar said that for those who access their monthly cash payments through Post Offices, they will receive the lump sum payment through their nearest post office.

$13.8million
Estimated payout under the Poverty Benefit Scheme
$977,100
Total payout under the Care and Protection Allowance
$5.3 million
Total payout under the Social Pension Scheme

 

Those recipients who may have lost their bank cards are advised to visit their nearest social welfare office and collect a confirmation note to be taken to the respective banks to get a replacement bank card.

The ministry is also advising recipients in maritime communities who don’t have accessibility to bank services that the payments will be delivered to them by the ministry.

Source: Ministry of Women, Children and Poverty Alleviation

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