A weekly payment scheme for employees who have been working in the island less than five years and have lost their jobs as a result of the pandemic could be extended for up two months - or less if travel out of the island becomes easier.
Since the Covid-19 Related Emergency Support Scheme (CRESS) was launched on 1 April, 200 claims have been made, supporting 240 adults and 30 children.
It was due to end on 30 June, but the Minister for Social Security, Deputy Judy Martin, agreed to extend it for two months.
She could, however, change the end date, depending on the availability of travel links to and from the island. The Department has pledged to announce any change in advance.
Pictured: The Minister for Social Security, Deputy Judy Martin.
Under the scheme, those who have been working in Jersey for at least six months will receive £150 a week. Couples who have both lost their employment will receive £250 week, with a supplement of £50 per child to be paid.
Those who have been working in Jersey for less than six months will receive £70 per week per person will be available.
“Although Jersey’s usual approach is that people need to live in Jersey for five years before they can claim Income Support, the last few months have been far from usual," Deputy Martin said.
"CRESS was introduced to support workers in recognition of the extraordinary situation they faced in Jersey. The opening up of travel routes and the relaxation of health controls has now made it easier for migrants to return home or to find employment in Jersey.
"The original need for CRESS will reduce, and the extra two months’ extension gives workers time to make plans.”
Pictured: The end date for the scheme could be changed as more travel links become available.
The Minister for Economic Development, Senator Lyndon Farnham, described CRESS as a "key part" of the Government's overall support for businesses.
He added: "Registered workers are vital to several of the Island’s key industries, including hospitality and agriculture: supporting these workers means that these businesses have the capacity to return to regular operation as soon as possible.”
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