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Posted: Thursday, September 3, 2020. 7:40 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The Government of Belize informed today that as of this morning, September 3, 61,395 people applied for phase 2 of the Covid-19 Unemployment Relief Program.

The portal opened for applications on August 3, 2020.

The Government noted that some improvements have been introduced in the application process in an effort to reduce errors. These include:

Immediate checks against Social Security Board (SSB) data to ensure that an applicant’s name, Social Security Number (SSN) and date of birth matches with the information in the SSB system so as to ensure that incorrect SSNs cannot be entered and double applications in the same name are not possible;

Provision of guidance in entering banking information in order to reduce errors; and

Guidance in identifying and inserting employers’ names.

“This makes the payment process quicker and easier to resolve and removes the burden from SSB so they can return to their substantive work.  A unit within the Labour Department is processing the applications in Phase 2.  In Phase 1, a small group of public officers had been selected and assisted tremendously.  This was possible, at that time, because it was during the period of the COVID-19 lockdown and these persons worked from home.  They are now back at their substantive posts, so a new set of arrangements needed to be made and personnel had to be trained,” the statement explained.

The statement informed that in phase 2, the National Bank of Belize has replaced the Social Security Board as the paying agent.

Payment is now being made directly from bank to bank.  

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