Last Friday (May 28th), the Treasury Department announced that low- and middle-income workers, as well as the self-employed affected by the latest Covid-19 restrictions, would be able to receive a one-time payment of up to $ 700 under a new temporary grant.
Under the Covid-19 Recovery Grant (Temporary) (CRG-T), skilled workers placed on unpaid leave for at least one month from May 16 to June 30 can receive a one-time payment of up to $ 700.
Meanwhile, those who have suffered a loss of income of at least 50 percent for at least a month in the same period can receive a one-time payment of up to $ 500.
According to the Ministry of Finance, the grant is part of a $ 800 million support package being introduced to help individuals and businesses in the midst of phase 2 of heightened alert. It is being introduced because they are affected by the livelihoods of some workers in the food and beverage, retail and sports and fitness sectors.
The CRG-T is also an addition to the existing Covid-19 Recovery Grant (CRG), 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 are placed on forced unpaid leave due to Covid-19.
Who qualifies for CRG-T?
Applications for CRG-T will be open from June 3 to July 2.
The Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) said in a statement today that the eligibility criteria for CRG-T are similar to those of CRG, with two key differences.
First, applicants for CRG-T must have a loss of income of at least 50 percent during one month or must be placed on involuntary non-payment for at least one month between May 16 and June 30. This compares with an average income loss of at least 50% or an inadvertent absence of non-payment for at least three consecutive months for CRG applicants.
Second, CRG-T candidates do not have to show proof of job search or training, unlike CRG candidates.
MSF said that individuals cannot receive both CRG and CRG-T at the same time, because CRG-T is intended for those who do not receive support in June 2021.
Likewise, individuals currently receiving support from other support schemes for Covid-19, such as the Covid-19 Driver Assistance Fund, are not eligible for CRG-T.
Minister of Social and Family Development Masagos Zulkifli said in a Facebook post that “after someone stops helping CRG-T, CRG-T recipients can still qualify for CRG support if they still need help and meet the eligibility criteria. ”
Applications for CRG remain open until December 31st.
More details are available here. The CRG-T application portal will open this Thursday at 9 a.m. and close at 11:59 p.m., July 2.
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