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South African Social Security Agency (SASSA) on faster payment of Coronavirus COVID-19 Grants during Level 3 lockdown south africa

Africanews (26.05.2020) Sunday’s announcement by His Excellency President Matamela Ramaphosa in response to the Corona virus epidemic brings much needed hope to the country. It also enables SASSA to accelerate the pace of paying out the COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress grant. In terms of the…

Much progress has been made in preparing for the payment of large numbers of the COVID-19 Social Relief of Distress grants. SASSA started using WhatsApp for applications but had to move to other platforms like the srd.sassa.gov.za website and Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD). This…

ICT, E-services, Service delivery customer_services Published_SS_Monitor_covid19, Published Measures summary https://www.africanews.com/2020/05/26/coronavirus-south-african-social-security… pmassetti
Govt. stimulus plan sent to MPs for approval Monday

Under Sint Maarten Support Relief Plan (SSRP),self-employed persons such as independent taxi drivers,vendors,tour operators,and artists,etc.,can benefit from income support.

Employment, Cash transfers covid19, self-employed Published Measures summary https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/govt-stimulus-plan-sent-to-mps-for-approv… socpro
Plan Integral de Contingencia ecuador

Plan Integral de Contingencia del Sector Cultural,con la entrega de USD 1 millón a 5 500 artistas y gestores culturales,a través de un bono de USD 60 mensuales durante tres meses.

Employment, Cash transfers covid19 Published Measures summary https://www.elcomercio.com/tendencias/plan-contingencia-sector-cultural-covid19… socpro
EUR 5 billion for public health and the national economy lithuania

Utility and financial obligation support (waiver/postponement). Deferral (or option to pay in installments) of electricity payments and natural gas bills from UAB Ignitis,and to recommend to municipalities to allow deferment or payment in instalments of utilities and heat energy.

Housing covid19 Published Measures summary https://lrv.lt/en/news/eur-5-billion-for-public-health-and-the-national-economy socpro
Bono Familiar Universal peru

Bono Familiar Universal, S/760 bonus for the 6.8 million households that have no income and need support. 75% of households nationwide that do not have a salary would benefit, the other 25% already have a salary at the end of the month.

Social assistance, Cash transfers covid19, family Published Measures summary https://libero.pe/ocio/1555247-bono-familiar-universal-760-soles-beneficiario-q… socpro
Fiscal responsibility key to government’s ability to provide Covid-19 stimulus package grenada

An EC$10 million (US$3.7 million) unemployment benefits package to be rolled out by the National Insurance Scheme

Unemployment covid19 Published Measures summary https://www.nowgrenada.com/2020/04/fiscal-responsibility-key-to-governments-abi… socpro
PM Chastanet presents Saint Lucia’s COVID-19-response Social Stabilization Programme (Phase 1) Saint Lucia

Monthly payment of EC$500 and EC$1,500 (US$185 – US$555),for 3 months starting in April (subject to extension) for National Insurance Corporation (NIC) current contributors unemployed due to COVID19 and not receiving other NIC benefits. Estimated cost of $33 million to $80 million EC.

Unemployment covid19 Published Measures summary https://www.stlucianewsonline.com/breaking-news-pm-chastanet-reveals-saint-luci… socpro
National Meals Program Brings Together Public and Private Sector Partners Saint Lucia

Rollout of the National Meals Program by the Ministry of Agriculture to feed 5,000 underprivileged persons on a daily basis using produce from local farmers.

Food and nutrition, Social assistance covid19 Published Measures summary https://www.thevoiceslu.com/2020/04/national-meals-program-brings-together-publ… socpro
Más de 126.000 personas recibirán beneficios de inyección millonaria a régimen no contributivo de la Caja costa rica

The ¢ 12,000 million released by the luxury pension tax have a new owner: the 126,000 people who receive money from the Non-contributory Regime (RNC) of the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS). Of the beneficiaries,72% are elderly. The ¢ 12,000 million is equivalent to 10,000 RNC pensions,as…

Old age Pensions, Social assistance, Cash transfers covid19 Published Measures summary https://semanariouniversidad.com/pais/mas-de-126-000-personas-recibiran-benefic… socpro
PM Chastanet presents Saint Lucia’s COVID-19-response Social Stabilization Programme (Phase 1) Saint Lucia

Suspension of disconnections for unemployed and persons on welfare by LUCELEC electricity utility company.

Housing, Social assistance covid19 Published Measures summary https://www.stlucianewsonline.com/breaking-news-pm-chastanet-reveals-saint-luci… socpro
ECONOMY Government Launches “Bono Proteger” For Workers Affected By Coronavirus Pandemic costa rica

Bono Proteger aims to provide temporary economic relief to the working population affected by COVID-19. Fired workers,those with reduced working hours or with a suspended contract,as well as independent,
informal and temporary workers,may apply.The amount of the aid will depend on each…

Cash transfers, Social assistance, Unemployment covid19, self-employed Published Measures summary https://thecostaricanews.com/government-launches-bono-proteger-for-workers-affe… socpro
COVID-19 Social Stabilization Plan Saint Lucia

Monthly payment of $500 for 3 months,preconditioned to enrolling in NIC for informal workers not currently contributing to NIC,unemployed or displaced due to COVID19. Estimated cost of $16.8 million EC.

Unemployment, Social assistance covid19 Published Measures summary http://www.govt.lc/media.govt.lc/www/pressroom/news/attachments/social-stabiliz… socpro
COVID-19: the current situation in the Dominican Republic dominican republic

There are two modalities: FASE 1,which will be for workers with suspended contracts,and FASE 2,intended for companies that continue to operate.

In the case of FASE 1,the Government will transfer to each affected worker 70% of their ordinary salary,up to a limit of 8,500 pesos per month.…

Employment, Cash transfers covid19 Published Measures summary https://dominicantoday.com/dr/covid-19/2020/04/07/covid-19-the-current-situatio… socpro
POLICY RESPONSES TO COVID-19 Samoa

Temporary reduction of utility bills (both electricity and water) for six months through September 2020.

Housing, Social assistance covid19 Published Measures summary https://www.imf.org/en/Topics/imf-and-covid19/Policy-Responses-to-COVID-19 socpro
Más de 30 mil familias serán beneficiadas con subsidio de emergencia del IMAS costa rica

Emergency benefit (one-off 125k colones – USD 223K) for 33K poor families in the social registry (SINIRUBE) who do not receive any social transfers

Social assistance, Cash transfers covid19, family Published Measures summary https://semanariouniversidad.com/pais/mas-de-30-mil-familias-seran-beneficiadas… socpro
Operación Honduras Solidaria ha entregado alimentos a más de 60.000 familias honduras

No-cut in energy of households

Housing covid19 Published Measures summary https://www.presidencia.gob.hn/index.php/gob/el-presidente/7177-operacion-hondu… socpro
Business in brief cayman islands

Cayman Islands government will organize voucher and daily lunch programme with distribution through school cafeteria providers and NGO partners. The Department of Education has support from Kiwanis and Feed Our Future (FOF) to run a voucher and daily lunch programme. At the Government Primary…

Food and nutrition, Social assistance covid19, family Published Measures summary https://www.caymancompass.com/2020/04/24/business-in-brief-181/ socpro
Honduras distribuye 20.000 raciones de alimentos diarios a familias en cuarentena honduras

The Honduran government is distributing aroung 20,000 food rations a day to people who remain in quarantine,locked in their homes for fear of being infected with the new coronavirus (COVID-19). The program will reach some 800,000 families across the country. Food aid is part of the "…

Social assistance, Food and nutrition covid19 Published Measures summary http://spanish.xinhuanet.com/2020-04/24/c_139004092.htm socpro
One-off payments made to vulnerable Caymanians cayman islands

Support for Rent and Utilities is also being provided to Needs Assessment Unit clients.

Housing, Social assistance covid19 Published Measures summary https://www.caymancompass.com/2020/04/01/one-off-payments-made-to-vulnerable-ca… socpro
Procedure for the Emergency Funds for Social Assistance (FASE) aruba

The Government of Aruba provides the opportunity for businesses and employees to apply for compensation from the Emergency Social Assistance Funds FASE to help cover the loss of income of employees due to the reduction of working hours,causing them to earn less than AWG. 950,00 monthly.…

Employment, Unemployment, Cash transfers covid19 Published Measures summary http://www.gobierno.aw/news/news_47033/item/procedure-for-the-emergency-funds-f… socpro
One-off payments made to vulnerable Caymanians cayman islands

Work permit holders who urgently require food supplies and who have insufficient income or savings to sustain themselves could,if they qualify,be eligible for a KY$150 (US$180) food voucher,effective Wednesday,1 April. The voucher will provide interim support over a two-week period to those who…

Food and nutrition, Social assistance covid19 Published Measures summary https://www.caymancompass.com/2020/04/01/one-off-payments-made-to-vulnerable-ca… socpro
Rising stronger from the ashes of COVID-19: Part 2 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Vulnerable and affected persons will receive social supports in the form of Interim Assistance Benefits. These are for persons not on public assistance nor in receipt of a pension (until 31 Dec 2020).

Cash transfers, Social assistance covid19 Published Measures summary https://menafn.com/1099935399/Rising-stronger-from-the-ashes-of-COVID-19-Part-2 socpro
One-off payments made to vulnerable Caymanians cayman islands

An additional KY$425 (US$510) stipend to those on permanent financial assistance,as well as to seamen and veterans.

Cash transfers, Social assistance covid19 Published Measures summary https://www.caymancompass.com/2020/04/01/one-off-payments-made-to-vulnerable-ca… socpro
Workers In Accommodation And Hospitality Sector Will Benefit From The DSI Fund Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Workers in the Hospitality and accommodation sector will benefit from the second pot of money called the “Displacement Supplementary Income”. The DSI would also be $300.00 per month and would not differ much from the NIS payment. Those of you in the hospitality sector wether you pay NIS or not…

Employment, Cash transfers, Social assistance covid19 Published Measures summary https://news784.com/local-news/workers-in-accommodation-or-hospitality-sector-w… socpro
Govt. stimulus plan sent to MPs for approval Monday antigua

Provision of psychosocial care has been expanded.

Health covid19 Published Measures summary https://www.thedailyherald.sx/islands/govt-stimulus-plan-sent-to-mps-for-approv… socpro