Front-line workers to be paid soon

Those Barbadians honoured for their work on the front line of the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic will soon be receiving the $500 token from Government.

In keeping with the promise made by Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley during the National Humanitarian Awards Ceremony held on National Heroes Day, April 28, which recognised more than 6 000 people, the House of Assembly yesterday approved $7.166 million for the ex gratia payment of $500 for each individual recognised, as well as those to be honoured in an upcoming second ceremony.

Acting Leader of Government Business Dale Marshall, who moved the money resolution, which came under the Cabinet Office, said public workers need not fear that the money will be taxed as the appropriate order will be made by the Minister of Finance to ensure it is not.

Marshall, who is Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, said the unsung heroes of the COVID-19 fight, who included police and prison officers, journalists and supermarket workers, were “owed a tremendous debt of gratitude” by all Barbadians. (GBM)

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