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Bahamas: Rolle: Government focused on income support, weekly unemployment payments drop to $100

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — Minister for the Public Service and National Insurance Brensil Rolle said yesterday that the government is seeking to ensure that needy families get some assistance amid the pandemic despite the reduction in unemployment assistance payments.

Rolle was speaking at a Minister’s Report press conference.

“The position of the government is that it wants to provide income for individuals,” he said.

“We realize that perhaps it is not what individuals would have been accustomed to or what they would have been making but you also have to put into context that we have been doing this now for six months and have been making payments to individuals for this period.”

Rolle continued: “We started at $200 and it was reduced to $150 and now $100 we want to make sure that individuals have the ability to get some assistance. We don’t see ourselves as maybe being able to provide the Rolls Royce, we’re now down to the Toyota and when it gets to December it would be nine months of continuous assistance.

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