Last Friday (May 28), the Ministry of Finance announced that workers with below-average incomes, as well as the self-employed, financially affected by the latest Covid-19 restrictions, could receive a single payment of up to $ 700 a new temporary grant.
Under the (temporary) Covid-19 (temporary) (CRG-T) recovery grant, eligible workers who are on unpaid involuntary leave for at least one month from 16 May to 30 June can receive a single payment. of up to $ 700.
Meanwhile, those who have suffered a loss of income of at least 50% for at least a month during the same period can receive a one-time payment of up to $ 500.
According to MOF, the grant is part of a US $ 800 million support package that is being implemented to help individuals and businesses in the midst of the intensified phase 2 alert period. It is being introduced as they have affected the livelihoods of some workers in the food and beverage, retail and sports and gym sectors.
CRG-T is also a supplement to the existing Covid-19 Recovery Grant (CRG), which was launched on January 18 to support low- and middle-income workers and the self-employed affected by the pandemic.
The CRG, which was extended for three months in March, provides up to $ 700 a month for three months for workers who have lost their jobs or been inadvertently overworked due to Covid-19.
Who is suitable for CRG-T?
CRG-T applications will be open from June 3 to July 2.
The Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) said today in a statement that the eligibility criteria for the CRG-T are similar to those of the CRG, with two key differences.
First, CRG-T applicants must have a loss of income of at least 50% for at least one month or must have an involuntary leave without pay for at least one month between the 16th of May and June 30th. 50% or unintentional leave without pay for at least three consecutive months for CRG applicants.
Second, CRG-T applicants must not show job search or training evidence, unlike CRG applicants.
MSF said people cannot receive both CRG and CRG-T simultaneously, as CRG-T is intended for those who do not receive support in June 2021.
Similarly, people who currently receive support from other Covid-19 support schemes, such as the Covid-19 Driver Relief Fund, are not eligible for the CRG-T.
Minister of Social and Family Development Masagos Zulkifli said in a post on Facebook that “once CRG-T assistance is over, CRG-T recipients could still apply for CRG support if they continue to need help and meet the eligibility criteria “.
CRG applications remain open until December 31st.
More details are available here. The CRG-T application portal will open at 9 a.m. this Thursday and close at 11:59 p.m. on July 2.
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