Friday 30 October, 2020

MSDFS tells Beetham residents affected by flooding cheques not ready

Minister of Social Development and Family Services, Donna Cox.

Minister of Social Development and Family Services, Donna Cox.

The Ministry of Social Development and Family Services (MSDFS) is advising residents of Beetham and environs, that the cheques related to flood relief for their areas and others, are still being finalised and will be distributed soon.

The MSDFS says the decision is in light of recent overcrowding at its Head Office on St Vincent Street, Port-of-Spain which is not in compliance with the established COVID-19 guidelines and protocols.

"At present, the Ministry, on a daily basis, coordinates the distribution of rental assistance cheques related to COVID-19 Social Support, to the landlords of tenants who were financially affected by the COVID-19 restrictions and may have been terminated, retrenched, or experienced a reduction in income.  Therefore, in order to ensure that protocols on social and physical distancing, are observed, in order to curb the spread of COVID-19; the Ministry will make separate arrangements for all flood relief cheques to be distributed via localised distribution spaces for Beetham and all other associated areas."

The Ministry further sought to assure those affected by flooding and all other natural disasters that efforts were made to confirm that cheques were prepared at the end of the financial year so these claims can be satisfied.

"At present, all of the cheques are still being sorted for distribution."

The MSDFS further reminds the public that all measures must be taken in order to safeguard staff and the public from the spread of the novel coronavirus.

People are therefore advised to avoid gathering in large crowds, at all of the Ministry’s offices, inclusive of local board district offices.

For all enquiries, contact the toll-free call centre at 800-1673 and the Tobago Desk at 627-8918 (Direct Line), Mobile/Whatsapp: 489-5004 or 489-5105 and email: tobagodesk@social.gov.tt.

 

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