by Devonne Cornelius
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): A total of EC$7.9 million has been paid out to more than 3,000 people under the Income Support Programme that forms part of the second stimulus package introduced by the government of St. Kitts and Nevis.
“Our income support package has provided critical assistance to 3,025 persons at a cost of EC$7.9 million to date,” said Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Dr. Timothy Harris.
He added that “another batch of applications is having a second review to ensure that every citizen and resident, who qualify for the various forms of support, receive this assistance.”.
In July 2021, the government announced a second stimulus package valued at EC$15 million for people made redundant since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020 and those who remain unemployed. Qualified applicants received a monthly stipend of EC$1,000 that was expected to last for three months.
The Prime Minister further revealed that “a significant number of families with persons living with disabilities received well-needed support. So far, 155 families were assisted with a total payout to date of EC$325,500.”.
The Income Support Programme also includes a fuel subsidy for bus operators.
“To date, 109 bus operators have received support amounting to EC$129,800 over the last three months.”.