MILLIONS AND COUNTING: Govt has spent over $150M on unemployment assistance

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The government has to date spent over $150 million on its unemployment assistance programme, which has been extended to the end of this month, according to Minister of the Public Service and National Insurance Brensil Rolle.

Speaking with reporters ahead of a Cabinet meeting yesterday, Rolle said: “The government assistance programme has been extended for another month. We are aware of the struggles Bahamians are having consistently and we are trying to resolve some of these issues. We are hopeful that things will get better, and it’s looking a bit better.

“[The] government has expended over $150 million on this project so far and it’s costing the government roughly $12 to $15 a month. As soon as persons get back to work, we can divert those funds to some of the other areas.”

 

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