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‘Double-Dipping’ for Salary Relief Grants

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TRINIDAD and Tobago citizens seeking Covid-19 relief are “double-dipping” – trying to get two similar grants from the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services and the National Insurance Board (NIB).

Minster of Social Development and Family Services Camille Robinson-Regis highlighted the issue at the virtual media conference of the Ministry of Health on Wednesday morning.

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She said, “We have found that there may have been over 3,000 persons who may have attempted to receive both the salary relief grant which is through the Ministry of Finance, through the National Insurance Board (NIB), and the income support grant that was designed by the Ministry of Social Development and Family Services.”

Robinson-Regis said, “If in fact it has been found that these persons were trying to do what is double-dipping, we are doing a verification exercise to ensure that there has been no such duplication and the persons have not in fact been able to benefit from the income support grant and from the salary relief grant.

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“But we’re in the process of making sure that this has not happened and we will report on this further after complete investigations have been done.”

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