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Unqualified applicants clog the financial aid process

Thousands of unqualified Belizeans are still trying to benefit from the financial aid from the Government and as a result are clogging up the system.  They are deemed unqualified for the assistance either because they are under 18 years old; are not a Belizean national or in some instances they are still employed or are receiving some form of pension or gratuity from the Government or they are beneficiaries of the BOOST Program. 

Thousands of unqualified Belizeans are still trying to benefit from the financial aid from the Government and as a result are clogging up the system.  They are deemed unqualified for the assistance either because they are under 18 years old; are not a Belizean national or in some instances they are still employed or are receiving some form of pension or gratuity from the Government or they are beneficiaries of the BOOST Program.  Love News understands that some of those submitting applications are public officers who are still employed, teachers who are still receiving their salaries and health care workers.  According to an April 20 report from the Unemployment Relief Program, they have received seventy two thousand two hundred and thirteen applications to date.  An estimated thirty three thousand have been approved and forwarded to the Social Security Board for payment to be issued.  The report states that for the period, April 9 to 17, SSB has paid directly into the accounts of twenty thousand one hundred and fifty two applicants. For those who do not have a bank account, Heritage Bank has prepared over two thousand five hundred ATM/debit cards for the SSB to distribute. Those cards are being prepped for distribution and applicants will be notified via text message when their cards are ready to be picked up. The Unemployment Relief Team still has over eleven thousand applications pending approval.  During their review they have found that in some instances, applications were either incomplete or bore incorrect data; to address this the IT team is working on a web portal that will allow these applicants to review and amend their application where necessary.