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Belize Progressive Party concerned about timeliness of government unemployment assistance funds

Posted: Thursday, April 9, 2020. 3:12 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The Belize Progressive Party (BPP) is concerned that the Government of Belize is not disseminating unemployment relief funds fast enough for people who have been economically affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown measures.

The BPP issued a statement today, standing in solidarity with GOB over offering the much needed bi-weekly disbursement of $150 to affected households, but stressed that the money is taking too long to get to the families that are in dire need of it.

“The Belize Progressive Party has learned that most of those whom have suffered job losses in the tourism sector, as well as the long-term unemployed, are yet to receive the first installment of the assistance promised by the Government of Belize. This has placed many households
in a severely desperate situation where finding food and the basic sustenance of life has become impossible,” the BPP said.

The party noted that desperate families are less likely to adhere to quarantine measures in place due to the State of Emergency, and are at a higher risk to run afoul of law enforcement in an attempt to obtain some kind of sustenance. The party acknowledged that there are some
technical issues that have created a bottleneck and slowed the disbursement of the funds, and called on GOB to address those issues quickly so those needy families can get the assistance they need.

 

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