Friday 10 April, 2020

Government pleads with businesses to honour March 27 Welfare cheques

General Post Office in Cheapside, Bridgetown (FILE)

General Post Office in Cheapside, Bridgetown (FILE)

With the situation being fluid as COVID-19 updates come daily, the government wants to know that its vulnerable citizens who depend on welfare assistance are taken care of properly.

To this end, an urgent statement was issued to ask businesses to accept cheques issued by the Welfare Department but dated Friday, March 27, 2020.

The statement said:

'In an effort to ensure that Barbados' most vulnerable individuals and families are not left behind in their ability to cope with the restrictions that the fight to combat the spread of COVID-19 has imposed on the country, businesses are being asked to give special consideration to clients of the Welfare Department.

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'Government is asking banks, supermarkets and other commercial establishments to honour all Welfare Department cheques that are presented by its clients, even though they will be dated Friday, March 27, 2020.

'These cheques would have been mailed to the recipients earlier this week, in accordance with the department’s usual schedule, but in light of the desire of these Barbadians to ensure their households are not further disadvantaged by the limitations COVID-19 has brought, Government is asking for this earlier than usual facilitation.'

The clients of the Welfare Department also have the option of cashing the cheques at post offices, which will facilitate processing ahead of the March 27 date on them.

Barbados is still at Stage 2 of its COVID-19 response and management plan as of 3 pm, March 25, 2020.

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