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Government closes second phase of unemployment relief; payments by November

Posted: Tuesday, October 13, 2020. 6:14 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: The second phase of the Unemployment Relief Program (URP) has been closed as of 4:00 p.m. this evening, though some applications still remain to be processed.

Approximately 63 percent or 42,890 applications were approved of 67,555 taken for payment. The remainder, nearly 15 thousand, were rejected because applicants had been confirmed to receive other government programs or were paid for long-term unemployment in Phase One, as well as a few persons recorded by Social Security as deceased.

$14.3 million has been paid out to date, with the remainder, up to a total of $38.6 million, due by the first of November – ten days before general elections. The program is in the hands of a future government to be continued.

Applicants can continue to check the status of applications at https://payment.covid19.gov.bz/paymentstatus. Persons who believe they have been erroneously excluded can send information to [email protected] so their applications can be reviewed.

Those 938 persons who have not corrected their banking information have been asked to do so.

If applicants check their status and get a message that payment has been rejected, they are asked to please follow the steps to send in the corrected bank account information so that they can receive payment.

The completion and distribution of TopUp Cards is being given high priority and cards are being delivered to those in need. Delivery of TopUp cards has been affected by staff movements, by contact of staff with persons who may have been in contact with COVID-19 infected persons, and by the sheer number of cards being produced. The number of cards requested by applicants who have been approved amounts to 12,709 so far.


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